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The Baby Formula Crime Ring Busted at Sydney Airport

The Baby Formula Crime Ring Busted at Sydney Airport
Jennifer Billock

Police at the Sydney Airport in Australia recently arrested six people allegedly involved with a massive baby formula and stolen goods crime ring; four of the six people were from the same family, which the police say run a massive crime syndicate that handles about $1 million of stolen goods every year.

Over the weekend, police at the Sydney Airport in Australia arrested a 31-year-old man who, they say, is involved in a massive theft and goods-trafficking operation. The man was part of a family that allegedly runs a crime empire dealing in stolen goods; the latest was more than 4,000 tins of baby formula, manuka honey, and other items. Everything the family trafficked was illegally exported to China.

“We’re thinking this was quite an expansive criminal group that was exploiting an overseas market at the disadvantage of the Australian public,” detective superintendent Danny Doherty told The Guardian. “It is quite lucrative. The reasons are quite simple. It’s greed and the exploitation of a market overseas for the benefit of a criminal organized group.”

Police allege that a 48-year-old woman runs the crime ring and that the group—utilizing an extensive network of thieves—handles about $1 million in stolen goods annually. So far, the leader has been arrested, as well as three men between 35 and 53, plus a 29-year-old woman.

“Considering members of his family had already been arrested and charged, it probably was something he may have expected, but he didn’t expect it to happen at the airport when he got off the plane,” Doherty told The Guardian, speaking of the 31-year-old man.

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