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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Dubai restaurant owner 'head of drugs gang', says Australian police

The owner of a healthy-eating restaurant in Dubai has been named by Australian police as the head of a gang accused of trying to smuggle 1.8 tonnes of drugs

Koder Jomaa, 47, owns The Fit Kitchen restaurant in Jumeirah Lake Towers. Satish Kumar /  For The National
Koder Jomaa, 47, owns The Fit Kitchen restaurant in Jumeirah Lake Towers. Satish Kumar / For The National

The owner of a healthy-eating restaurant in Dubai has been named by Australian police as the head of a gang accused of trying to smuggle 1.8 tonnes of drugs.

Koder Jomaa, 47, was arrested late Monday night along with four other men believed to be involved, as part of an international operation across three countries.

Australian Jomaa owns The Fit Kitchen restaurant in Jumeirah Lake Towers and is said to be a regular gym-goer in nearby Almas Tower.

“We allege this man was actually the head of the syndicate. He is well-known to law enforcement and previously thought that he could flee from authorities and conduct his criminal enterprise offshore,” Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Neil Gaughan said.

The Jomaa family in Sydney are alleged to have been involved in drug crime for years, according to police there, and two of his brothers, Ali and Abbas, were among those arrested in coordinated raids in Sydney.

Staff at The Fit Kitchen were unaware of his arrest or alleged criminal connections this week.

The haul of MDMA, cocaine and crystal meth seized by authorities in the Netherlands as part of Operation Veyda was said to have a street value of AUS$810 million (Dh2.4 billion).

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