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ABF and customs officials nabbed in raids

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August 10, 2017

Australian authorities have made more arrests in Sydney and Dubai over an alleged tobacco ring.

An Australian Border Force official has reportedly been nabbed over an alleged international tobacco ring operating between Sydney and Dubai.

It's the third police operation this week following dawn raids on Tuesday when more than 570 AFP officers swooped on homes and businesses across Sydney.

The Australian Federal Police and NSW Joint Organised Crime Group said on Thursday eight people have been arrested in Sydney and one in Dubai over their involvement in an alleged conspiracy to illegally import drugs and tobacco into Australia.

Seventeen people were arrested across three countries, including two brothers of Kings Cross nightlife figure John Ibrahim, preventing about two tonnes of illicit drugs reaching Australia.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan and Australian Border Force Acting Commissioner Michael Outram will address media on Thursday morning.

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