Earlwood man charged at Sydney International Airport before Dubai flight

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A Sydney man has been arrested while allegedly attempting to flee to Dubai after $7m in cash was found hidden in a house last week.

The discovery of cash concealed under concrete flooring in Sydney’s southwest came a year after detectives from the NSW State Crime Command’s drug and firearms squad – with assistance from the NSW Crime Commission – first established a strike force to investigate whether a criminal syndicate was involved in illegal drug supply across the state.

Last Wednesday, Strike Force Wolara detectives, alongside the public order and riot squad and Australian Border Force detector dog unit, carried out two search warrants at homes in Marrickville and Roselands.

While at the Roselands home, police located a “large quantity” of cash allegedly concealed under concrete flooring in a storage shed.

The cash was seized and is undergoing further examination as it is counted; however, it is estimated to be in excess of $7m.

Following further inquiries, a 39-year-old Earlwood man was arrested at Sydney International Airport just after 9pm on Thursday attempting to board a flight to Dubai.

Strike force detectives escorted the man to Mascot police station, where he was charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail and was expected to appear at Central Local Court on Friday.

Investigations under Strike Force Wolara are continuing.

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