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11 arrested in Sydney drug raids

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09:58, March 08, 2012

SYDNEY, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Eleven people have been arrested during a series of raids targeting gun and drug crime in Sydney's southwest, the New South Wales Police said on Thursday.

More than 100 police officers swooped on six properties in the Sydney suburbs of Villawood, Punchbowl and Bass Hill at 7:30 a.m. (local time) on Thursday.

The raids followed a 10-month investigation into the supply of firearms and prohibited drugs in south-west Sydney, police said.

Nine men aged between 17 and 44 years and two women aged 23 and 34 were arrested and taken to local police stations for questioning.

They are expected to be charged with multiple offenses ranging from the supply of prohibited drugs, firearms and participating in a criminal group.

"We have completely dismantled, from the top down, a locally- based criminal syndicate involved in dealing firearms and drugs in Bankstown and Villawood over many months," said Superintendent Dave Eardley from Bankstown Local Area Command.

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