Author(s): Yoni Bashan
A gritty and compelling account of the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and its struggle to contain the violence associated with the inexorable rise of Middle Eastern organised crime in Australia. The officers of the Middle Eastern Organised Crime (MEOC) squad are known to be both fearsome and intimidating. They have to be, to deal with the rising violence, brutal mayhem and sheer brazen scope of the crime that they see every day. This specialist squad has dealt with some of Sydney's most high-profile criminal cases, including most recently the Brothers for Life gangland violence of 2012-2014, the outlaw motorcycle gang wars of 2008-2009, and the shooting of Kings Cross identity Fadi Ibrahim in 2009. Such is the squad's notoriety, in fact, that some criminals have tattooed its acronym (MEOC) on their body, to taunt the police. Written by an award-winning crime reporter, the book takes readers deep inside the squad's operations, its successes and failures, its frustrations and victories, and the adrenalin-fuelled excitement of operations, drug busts and arrests.