A mobile phone shop manager has been charged in connection with an alleged ‘call a dealer’ drug operation associated with the Alameddine organized crime ring which was busted in police raids this week.

Nou Loeung, 30, is accused of supplying thousands of pre-subscribed fraudulent SIM cards to people involved in criminal operations in south-west Sydney through his mobile phone shop in Granville.

Police executed 29 search warrants and made 18 arrests in raids targeting the suspected criminal network on Tuesday.Credit:New South Wales Police

Police allege that Loeung’s customers include members of a sub-group of the Alameddine criminal network who call themselves “Ready 4 War”. The group reportedly used phones loaded with hundreds of customer details to conduct a sophisticated and lucrative drug supply operation.

Members of the group were arrested at dawn on Tuesday in a massive police operation coordinated by Taskforce Erebus, which was set up in response to three recent gang killings which police say were linked to the trafficking of drugs in south-west Sydney.

Loading

The arrests of 18 men followed a 10-month investigation into the Alameddine Network by Strike Force Sugarcane detectives. All have been charged with a series of offenses related to drug supply and involvement in organized crime. They remain in court.

After further investigations, police executed a search warrant at the mobile phone store around 10 a.m. Thursday and seized electronic devices, pre-activated SIM cards, personal identification documents and other items for a further forensic examination.

Loeung was arrested and taken to the Granville police station, where he was charged with 27 offences, including dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception, knowingly or recklessly leading a criminal group and knowingly drawing a material benefit of a criminal group.

He was denied bail and is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Friday.