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Married couple are arrested for allegedly orchestrating drug and gun ring across Sydney

A husband and wife are behind bars for allegedly orchestrating a multimillion dollar drug and gun ring.  

The man, 77, and his 41-year-old wife were arrested during a raid on their Cherrybrook home in Sydney’s northwest on Thursday morning after police began investigating the alleged criminal syndicate last year.

Officers discovered the couple’s clandestine lab inside an Airbnb property in Camperdown in April last year and seized 1.9 kilograms of ice with an estimated street value of $1.9million. 

Husband, 77,  (pictured) and his 41-year-old wife are behind bars for allegedly orchestrating a multi-million dollar drug and gun ring across New South Wales.

Husband, 77,  (pictured) and his 41-year-old wife are behind bars for allegedly orchestrating a multi-million dollar drug and gun ring across New South Wales.

Husband, 77, and his 41-year-old wife (pictured) are behind bars for allegedly orchestrating a multi-million dollar drug and gun ring across New South Wales.

Husband, 77, and his 41-year-old wife (pictured) are behind bars for allegedly orchestrating a multi-million dollar drug and gun ring across New South Wales.

Husband, 77, and his 41-year-old wife are behind bars for allegedly orchestrating a multi-million dollar drug and gun ring across New South Wales.

NSW Police seized 14 hand guns with a street value of $200,000 during their raid at the couple's Cherrybrook home

NSW Police seized 14 hand guns with a street value of $200,000 during their raid at the couple's Cherrybrook home

NSW Police seized 14 hand guns with a street value of $200,000 during their raid at the couple’s Cherrybrook home 

‘The 77-year-old man was the director of this particular criminal group, giving instructions and directions to others,’ Detective Superintendent John Watson said.

NSW Police have also seized fourteen hand guns with a street value of $200,000 that the man allegedly sold at parks and shopping centres across Sydney. 

‘The firearms range from antique pieces to military-grade weapons,’ Watson said.

‘They had a complete disregard to public safety and innocent bystanders were obviously at all of those locations.’

Officers discovered the couple's clandestine lab inside an Airbnb property in Camperdown in April last year (pictured)

Officers discovered the couple's clandestine lab inside an Airbnb property in Camperdown in April last year (pictured)

Officers discovered the couple’s clandestine lab inside an Airbnb property in Camperdown in April last year (pictured)

Fourteen hand guns were seized during a police raid at the couple's Cherrybrook home on Thursday

Fourteen hand guns were seized during a police raid at the couple's Cherrybrook home on Thursday

Fourteen hand guns were seized during a police raid at the couple’s Cherrybrook home on Thursday 

The man allegedly sold hand guns and pistols at parks and shopping centres across Sydney (pictured: one of the guns NSW police seized during a raid)

The man allegedly sold hand guns and pistols at parks and shopping centres across Sydney (pictured: one of the guns NSW police seized during a raid)

The man allegedly sold hand guns and pistols at parks and shopping centres across Sydney (pictured: one of the guns NSW police seized during a raid) 

Police allege one of the locations used to sell the guns was a luxury day spa in Double Bay, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and detectives seized several items. 

The business is alleged to be used as a meeting point for the syndicate to exchange money and store guns inside.   

The man was charged with 18 firearm and drug related charges including unlawfully selling firearms, manufacturing drugs and knowingly directing a criminal group.

His wife was charged with 45 firearm related offences including unlawfully selling firearms and participating in a criminal group.

Another 45-year-old man was also arrested on Thursday and was charged with 45 firearm related offences. 

The trio will face court on Friday.

NSW Police seized 1.9 kilograms of ice with an estimated street value of $1.9 million from the couple's clandestine lab.

NSW Police seized 1.9 kilograms of ice with an estimated street value of $1.9 million from the couple's clandestine lab.

NSW Police seized 1.9 kilograms of ice with an estimated street value of $1.9 million from the couple’s clandestine lab. 

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