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Federal police have claimed to have dismantled a sophisticated criminal network. They have arrested
six men in connection with a syndicate that allegedly smuggled $2 million worth of cocaine through
Sydney airport. The authorities say three of those involved are catering workers.

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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Federal Police are tonight claiming to have dismantled a sophisticated
criminal network. They've arrested six men in connection with a syndicate that allegedly smuggled
$2 million worth of cocaine through Sydney Airport. Authorities say three of those involved are
catering workers, and as David Spicer reports, the arrests follow a two-year investigation.

DAVID SPICER, REPORTER: At Sydney Airport on Sunday, the Federal Police swooped. This man was
arrested, allegedly on the way to collect a kilogram of cocaine.

STEVE GRANT, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE: They were employed by a catering company and their role was
to move catering equipment from the aircraft after it had landed.

DAVID SPICER: Two of the six men charged with importing drugs work for the Gate Gourmet catering
company, which services a range of international airlines. Police say a third man arrested was a
former employee of the firm.

It's alleged the syndicate brought in almost $2 million worth of cocaine since December, 2007.
During that time, the Federal Police monitored almost 60,000 calls as part of their investigation.

STEVE GRANT: It's a very clever operation that has been easily perpetrated within the security
framework, purely because of their willingness to engage in a criminal activity against the trust
that's placed on them.

DAVID SPICER: In a Sydney court today, 55-year-old Wayne Williams of Mascot and 27-year-old Joe
Alquillera of Glenwood did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody.

Still in his airport work clothes, 43-year-old Matthew Hay of Marylands applied for bail, arguing
the evidence against him was weak. He told the court there is, "Very little evidence of knowledge
of my participation. The SMS messages are consistent with innocence."

But Magistrate Culver rejected the bail application. She told the court it's a strong prosecution
case, because Matthew Hay and a co-defendant were in control of a trolley that held the cocaine.

Two other men will face court tomorrow. David Spicer, Lateline.