A man who went by the name of “Syd” in the media has been dubbed a “mafia style” drug dealer in a recent court appearance.
The 25-year-old was in court in New South Wales on Monday charged with conspiracy to import cocaine and methamphetamine, in addition to possessing a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Syd was originally charged with the conspiracy to manufacture and supply cocaine, but the court heard on Monday he pleaded guilty to possessing two firearms with intent of committing an indictible offence.
Syd is accused of having at least eight firearms in his possession in relation to the conspiracy.
He has also been charged with possessing a knife for unlawful purposes.
He has been charged under the Criminal Code in relation in particular to the firearms and ammunition that are alleged to have been used to manufacture methamphetamine.
“Mr Syd” was described in court as a “big man” who had a “strong” personality.
He had previously told police he was a member of the Knights Templar, a far-right terrorist organisation.
Sgt Martin Smith said Syd was known to police for his violent behaviour.
“The person we’re looking at here is someone who has had multiple offences of violence to members of the community and in some cases members of his own community,” he said.
“There’s been a series of incidents in the past where Mr Syd was involved in criminal activity.”
Police believe Syd is responsible for a series in New Zealand in which members of New Zealand’s Knights Templar were shot and injured.
He also has links to the Knights’ North American headquarters, according to police.
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