What has been happening in Melbourne's northern suburbs is disturbing. You can read the full story at The Age here.
Here are a couple of snips.
For the past five years police in the northern and western suburbs have been battling several distinct family criminal cells. The families are all of Lebanese origin, but police say their ethnicity is not the issue.and
One of the cells, controlled by the Mokbel fan and his three sons, has been linked to drug trafficking, abductions, shootings, intimidating witnesses, bribery and attempted murder.and
They have also been linked to stolen cars, passport offences, drugs, protection rackets, social security frauds, gun running and migration offences. One cell member currently under investigation has been connected to 26 Melbourne armed robberies.
So why are these good citizens not in gaol?
Crime families. Not nice. Sadly Melbourne's crime families are of a quite plain appearance.
But wow, if we head north to Sydney, not intimating at all that they are a crime family, but just colourful identities, we have the Ibrahims.
There is John.
His brother Fadi
And John's son Daniel.
Personally I don't know what people see in them. Better dash, I seem to have saliva on my chin and I need a tissue.