A devoted teenage dad is facing 25 years behind bars for his alleged involvement in a suspected cocaine ring.
Rhabi Elsage, 18, from Ermington, was one of three men arrested in a Lilyfield car park in Sydney’s inner west on Wednesday.
His uncle Mohammed Elsage, 38, also from Ermington, and associate Anthony Khoury, 36, from Winston Hills, were also arrested in the alleged drug bust.
More than $500,000 of cocaine and a bag full of cash was allegedly seized by police.
A search of their cars allegedly uncovered 2.7kg of cocaine, six grams of ice and a gram of cannabis.
Rhabi Elsage is currently behind bars for his alleged involvement in a suspected cocaine ring
Rhabi Elsage (pictured), 18, shares many photos of his young son and partner on his Facebook page
‘It’s very disturbing when you see an 18-year-old man on the ground, handcuffed when he allegedly trafficked 2.5 kilograms of cocaine across Sydney for profit,’ squad commander Detective Superintendent Peter McErlain said
Detectives from the Drug and Firearms Squad had established Strike Force Coane to investigate the supply of cocaine across Sydney.
Shortly after the car park raid, strike force and Riot Squad detectives executed search warrants at a home in Ermington and a storage facility in Gladesville.
In those searches, police allegedly seized 100 grams of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, mobile phones and clothing.
The raid led by Strike Force Coane allegedly uncovered $500,000 worth of cocaine and a bag of cash
As well as the 2.7kg of cocaine, police allegedly found six grams of methylamphetamine (ice) and a gram of cannabis
Police allege the drugs were brought into Australia from overseas.
‘It’s very disturbing when you see an 18-year-old man on the ground, handcuffed when he allegedly trafficked 2.5 kilograms of cocaine across Sydney for profit.’ squad commander Detective Superintendent Peter McErlain told Fairfax Media.
‘It was a very, very short-term investigation but we believe that the amount of cocaine was destined for the streets of Sydney and Sydney only,’
Photos from Rhabi Elsage’s Facebook page portray him as a family man devoted to his baby son and partner, who is pregnant with their second child.
‘My son my everything. Daddy loves you XMan,’ one post reads.
Three men were charged with drug-related offences (pictures is money alleged seized by police)
Rhabi Elsage (pictured) portrays himself as a devoted family man on social media
Further investigations led to a search warrant being executed at a home in Ermington, which uncovered more drugs
Rhabi Elsage was charged with taking part in the supply of two kilograms of cocaine, being in possession of 1g of cannabis and driving while never having held a licence.
Mohammed Elsage was charged with two counts of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug and one count of supplying a commercial quantity of an illicit drug.
Anthony Khoury was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and driving without a licence.
All three appeared in Newtown Local Court on Thursday. They were refused bail to and will appear in court again on September 11.
Police also allegedly seized 100 grams of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, mobile phones and clothing
All three men were refused bail when they appeared at Newtown Local Court on Thursday
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