Australia’s Most Wanted Bilal Haouchar Captured in Lebanon in Major Crime Syndicate Takedown

Bilal Haouchar

Australian authorities have made a significant breakthrough in a major crime syndicate investigation with the arrest of one of the country’s most wanted men, Bilal Haouchar, in Beirut, Lebanon. The arrest was part of a series of raids conducted by NSW Police on Tuesday and Wednesday, leading to over 20 arrests and the dismantling of a $1 billion drug empire.

The year-long investigation culminated in the apprehension of Haouchar, 37, who is known to be a feared figure in the underworld. The Organised Crime Squad, led by Detective Superintendent Peter Faux, stated that the syndicate had access to over $1 billion in cryptocurrency.

In total, the operation resulted in 24 arrests, the execution of 37 warrants, and the seizure of 21 firearms. The syndicate reportedly recruited “trusted insiders” with technical skills from legitimate businesses.

Additionally, Bilal’s brother, Nedal Haouchar, was detained at Sydney International Airport on charges including drug supply and dealing with the proceeds of crime. The Haouchar brothers have previously been implicated in other criminal activities, with Bilal receiving a good behavior bond in 2018 for his involvement in a 2012 shooting incident in Sydney.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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