The proudest moment for Kings Cross nightclub tsar John Houssam Ibrahim came in 2000. Rolling in cash and seemingly on top of the world, Ibrahim and his three brothers could finally pay their mother's way out of the fibro housing commission home in Sydney's west in which they'd grown up. John, her second eldest, had bought her a spot two doors up from his clifftop mansion in Dover Heights, in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
It was Monday night and plans were made for dinner out in Dubai for the two younger brothers of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim and three major players of Sydney's underworld. Michael Ibrahim, who was with older brother Fadi Ibrahim, had been in the United Arab Emirates for just over a week – the Middle Eastern monarchy long regarded as a safe haven for criminals to do business and hide out.
Two major, long-running international drug syndicates, allegedly run by rival Sydney crime figures, have been smashed after the arrest of 14 people, including three members of the notorious Ibrahim family. In one of the largest, most significant organised crime stings in Australian history, the brothers of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim – Michael Ibrahim and Fadi Ibrahim – were arrested in Dubai, alongside Sydney underworld figures Steven Fawaz Elmir, Haykan Arif and Mustapha Dib.
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