NSW woman used teens for drug ring: police

Rashida Yosufzai

A western Sydney woman allegedly used teenagers to help run an Assyrian cannabis ring which police say is linked to a violent crime spree that has included public shootings.

The 29-year-old woman was arrested along with three teenage boys and four men in separate dawn raids at homes in Fairfield, Cabramatta West, Smithfield and Elizabeth Hills on Wednesday.

Another two men - aged 18 and 26 - held in Parklea and Silverwater jails were also charged with participating in the group and drug supply offences.

One of the prisoners was also charged with having a mobile phone inside jail.

NSW Police say Wednesday's arrests are just the tip of the iceberg.

Besides drug supply offences, the 29-year-old woman has been charged with directing the criminal group, recruiting children to carry out or assist criminal activity, proceeds of crime offences and perverting the course of justice.

The syndicate was busted by detectives following an investigation into cannabis supply in Sydney's southwest.

During Wednesday's raids, police found cannabis, cash, mobile phones, SIM cards, clothing, and drug paraphernalia.

The three boys - one aged 15 and two aged 17 - were all charged with various drug supply offences, dealing with proceeds of crime and participating in a criminal group.

Detective chief inspector Mark Newham expects further arrests.

"We are continuing our inquiries into a number of violent incidents, including public place shootings, last year," he said in a statement.

"Anyone who has been involved in these activities should come forward now before we come for you."