Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history
THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history - worth more than $1 billion.
On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydney's northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $1.04 billion.
The 52-year-old is the fourth New South Welshman to be charged over the haul, which was intercepted by police after it was imported from China to the West Australian port of Geraldton last December.
Mr Lahood's sister, Jamelie Lahood, is the former owner of Stiletto brothel in Camperdown, which she ran with her ex-fiance, controversial gambling identity Eddie Hayson.
Ms Lahood has made headlines herself in recent months over a court battle involving Fadi Ibrahim - the brother of Kings Cross identity John - and the mysterious sale of a Yowie Bay mansion in Sydney's south. Lahood is also the son convicted drug trafficker Harry Lahood.
There is no suggestion Ms Lahood, Mr Hayson or Lahood Snr had any involvement in the alleged drug smuggling syndicate.
Yesterday Jabour Lahood's matter was heard at Central Local Court, where magistrate Les Mabbutt made an order allowing for his extradition to Western Australia.
Outside the court, Lahood's lawyer, Abbas Soukie, left with a supporter and declined to comment.
In the early hours of December 21 last year, heavily armed police raided a van parked at the end of a wooden jetty in Geraldton and found 59 bags bearing Chinese writing.
Police allege that inside those bags was more than 1.2 tonnes of the drug known as ice - believed to be destined for the eastern states. At the end of the jetty police also boarded the vessel Valkoista, which it is alleged had just returned from meeting a "mothership" from China.
Eight men were arrested on the day - three from the van, three on board the Valkoista and another two at a hotel near Perth.
Two of the men found in the van were from NSW - Serupepeli Anthony Rasaubale, 33, and Khalid Elia Keana, 52.
They remain in custody charged with possessing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported.
Central Coast man Joshua Joseph Smith, 43, was one of the men found on the boat.
He has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug. None of the trio has entered pleas.
Lahood will face Perth Magistrates Court on Monday.