Rose Tattoo drummer Paul DeMarco, former bikie boss Sam Ibrahim and his younger sister Jazz Dior have been charged over an alleged illegal gun-sales syndicate operating in NSW.
Heavily-armed police smashed their way into six properties in Sydney and the Illawarra region on Tuesday morning, arresting DeMarco, Ibrahim and Dior and seizing five high-powered weapons.
The dramatic dawn raids were the result of a lengthy, undercover operation in which a detective infiltrated the alleged syndicate in October and purchased 13 weapons.
The 18 weapons seized by police during the operations were an M1 military-grade assault rifle, a standard rifle, three pistols, two shotguns and 11 handguns.
Hundreds of bullets, illicit drugs and steroids were also seized.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford alleged DeMarco, 55, Ibrahim, 45, and 43-year-old Dior – who recently changed her name by deed poll from Maya Sayour – were all “significant players” in the illegal guns syndicate alleged to have sold weapons across Sydney’s west and the Illawarra.
The guns are being examined to see if any have been used in serious crimes with hundreds of shootings taking place across Sydney’s west and southwest since 2010.
“When you look at some of the guns, you shake your head and wonder what that firepower would do if it got into the wrong hands,” Assistant Commissioner Clifford said.
DeMarco, from Windsor in Sydney’s northwest, was charged with 27 offences, including supplying prohibited weapons and ammunition, and his case was briefly mentioned at Blacktown Local Court.
Bail was formally refused. DeMarco, who was remanded in custody, is due to front Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday.
DeMarco performed with the Angry Anderson-led Rose Tattoo between 1992 and 1993 before rejoining in 1998 and recording on their three most recent albums.
Ibrahim, from Greystanes, the older brother of Kings Cross nightclub identity John Ibrahim, was charged with five offences including supplying firearms to unauthorised persons and possession of a prescribed, restricted substance.
His case was briefly mentioned at Blacktown Local Court.
Dior, from Wentworthville, was charged with conspiracy to supply a firearm to an unauthorised person.
She was arrested at a home in Warilla, south of Wollongong, and her case was mentioned at Wollongong Local Court.
Police expect further arrests in connection with the alleged gun sales syndicate.
Customs have been contacted as part of the investigation.