Sydney 'money launderer' gets bail

Jamie McKinnell

An alleged money launderer linked to a drug syndicate operating across Australia, Dubai and the Netherlands has been granted conditional bail in Sydney.

Parramatta man Toby Lesniewski, 38, was arrested on Thursday night at Sydney International Airport after travelling from Dubai.

He's charged with dealing with the proceeds of crime, possessing steroids and possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit.

Lesniewski appeared for a bail application via video-link in Sydney's Central Local Court on Friday wearing a grey hoodie.

He is the 18th person to be arrested in the joint AFP and NSW Police operation that also netted members of Sydney's high-profile Ibrahim family.

Prosecutors on Friday did not oppose bail but cited the serious nature of the charges and the strength of the crown case to justify their concerns Lesniewski may fail to appear.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood granted bail and described the conditions, which include a curfew, as "very comprehensive".

"He has to present himself at the front of the residence within five minutes if the police attend during the curfew hours," the magistrate said

Court documents show Lesniewski's charges include that he possessed steroids, cannabis and Oxycontin.

The matter was adjourned to November 1.

Fadi and Michael Ibrahim - two brothers of Kings Cross nightclub figure John Ibrahim - were also arrested in Dubai and are in the process of being extradited.

John Ibrahim's son Daniel Ibrahim, who also goes by the name Daniel Taylor, was arrested in Sydney for allegedly handing over $2.25 million to buy illegal tobacco as part of a deal masterminded by his uncle Michael.

Both Daniel Ibrahim and John Ibrahim's model girlfriend, Sarah Budge, received bail after court appearances this week but Daniel is still waiting for part of a surety to be posted before he can be released.

Budge is not involved in the drug-smuggling syndicate but has faced court on firearms and ammunition charges.

Authorities say they prevented two tonnes of illicit drugs, including 1.8 tonnes of MDMA, from coming to Australia in July as part of the operation.

The estimated street value was up to $810 million, AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said this week, but authorities pounced on the haul in the Netherlands before it made it to Australia.