Major Sydney crime war breakthrough as man, 49, is charged over murder of high profile gangster – after $22million worth of ice was allegedly found inside his home
- Police arrest a man for his alleged role in murder of Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad
- Man, 49, was arrested during operation in Campsie in Sydney’s south on May 2
- He has been charged with accessory to murder among other criminal offences
- Police will allege in court man was involved in the planning of Ahmad’s death
- Sydney’s ‘Mr Big’ was shot dead on suburban street six months after leaving jail
A man has been charged over his alleged role in the deadly shooting of underworld crime boss Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad.
Detectives from the NSW Homicide Squad arrested the 49-year-old man during a police operation in Campsie, southwest Sydney, on May 2.
He has been charged with one count of accessory before the fact to murder, and accessory after the fact to murder, among other offences.
Following the arrest, officers conducted a search warrant at a home in Wetherill Park, where they seized 25kg of ice worth an estimated $22million.
A man has been charged over his alleged role in the deadly shooting of underworld crime boss Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad, 39, (pictured)
A harrowing picture shows Ahmad, also known as Sydney’s ‘Mr Big’ fighting for life after he was brazenly executed on a suburban street in Greenacre on April 27
Police will allege in court he was involved in the planning of Brownie’s death with the 49-year-old due to appear in Fairfield Local court on July 6.
Ahmad, also known as Sydney’s ‘Mr Big’, was shot dead on a suburban street in Greenacre, in the city’s southwest, on April 27.
Raptor Squad police patrolling nearby performed CPR with vision of the harrowing scene showing ‘Mr Big’ fighting for his life, but they were unable to revive him.
Friends of the slain underworld boss – who had a $1 million bounty on his head – and detectives said they weren’t shocked by his gruesome death.
He had repeatedly been warned he was a marked man when he walked free from jail after six months for a five-year sentence for killing a gangland rival.
Ahmad had extorted fellow underworld figures both in prison and outside, demanding at least one inmate pay $250,000 to ensure his safety.
Friends of the slain underworld boss (pictured) – who had a $1 million bounty on his head – and detectives said they weren’t shocked by his gruesome death
Friends of the slain underworld boss – who had a $1million bounty on his head – and detectives said they weren’t shocked by his gruesome death (pictured, the scene of the April shooting)
‘He’s been warned in the past he was a marked man and as a result he didn’t heed those words… he was going about his normal business without a care in the world,’ detective superintendent Danny Doherty said.
Last October, Ahmad dodged another attempt when he was tipped off by police about a planned hit on him in broad daylight at a park at Rushcutters Bay.
The conflict between warring Sydney gangs has claimed 13 lives in 18 months, and the state opposition claims there have been at least 35 major violent incidents involving gangs in NSW since June 2020.
The executions come as police are granted new powers to detain convicted drug dealers anytime anywhere, no warrant required.
The unprecedented NSW laws also allow police to search them in the street, knock down their doors, as well as search their homes, businesses and vehicles.
The new legislation two years in the making will be piloted in four areas across NSW, including Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west as the city’s gangland war escalates.
How shooting unfolded: Timeline of attack on Mahmoud Ahmad
Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad went to Narelle Crescent, Greenacre on Wednesday night to visit an associate.
Around 9.30pm, he was leaving when he was gunned down by ‘a large hail of bullets’ outside the home.
More than one person ‘lay in wait’ outside the house before opening fire.
Officers from Strike Force Raptor were in the area at the time and arrived to find a dying Ahmad lying in the street.
‘The movements of Brownie Ahmed are being investigated,’ Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.
‘He was at that address visiting an associate.
‘He’d been there for a little bit and was leaving.
‘What appears to be – whoever was in a car – as soon as he was out open in the street more than one person in that vehicle, someone’s fired shots at Brownie Ahmed
‘They’ve planned it. it’s well executed and I suppose it was a meticulous assassination of a person they were going to kill.’
‘They weren’t going to muck around with this one, that’s for sure.’