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A possible motive for the slaying of crime kingpin ‘Mr Big’ has come to light as underworld sources reveal he was extorting other gangsters from his prison cell.
Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad, 39, was gunned down while visiting an associate in a suburban street in Greenacre at 9.30pm on Wednesday night, after a $1million bounty was placed on his head.
He only walked free from jail six months ago after serving a five-year sentence for killing a gangland rival.
The development comes as police undergo a major crackdown on criminal groups in the wake of the brazen shooting, with Comanchero enforcer Tarek Zahed slapped with handcuffs on Friday.
Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad, 39, (pictured) was gunned down while visiting an associate in a suburban street in Greenacre at 9.30pm on Wednesday night
Hundreds of mourners attend the funeral of Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad who was shot dead
A harrowing picture shows Sydney underworld kingpin ‘Mr Big’ fighting for life after he was brazenly executed in a hail of bullets in Sydney
In the lead up to his death, Ahmad had demanded friends of one of his fellow inmates cough up about $250,000 to ensure his safety.
‘He (Ahmad) bashed one bloke in jail and extorted him, he made his friends on the outside pay up or else he would continue to harass him – it was about $250,000,’ an underworld source told the Daily Telegraph.
Ahmad is also believed to have set his sights on rinsing Sydney businessman Omar Eloma, favouring extortion due to a lack of patience to carry out a hit.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Zahed or Eloma are in anyway responsible for the killing of Ahmad.
The source said while he hadn’t been too bright, he ‘had big balls’.
‘If Brownie bumped into you (a rival) in the street, he’d shoot you on the spot,’ he said. ‘That’s how wild he was.’
It comes as Tarek Zahed, the national sergeant-at-arms for the Comanchero bikie gang, (pictured) was arrested as part of a major crackdown on gang activity in Sydney
The 41-year-old (pictured) was picked up by police in Sydney’s southwest on Friday after he allegedly breached Serious Crime Prevention Orders
The new details come as the national sergeant-at-arms for the Comancheros was brought down by police in Sydney and charged with two counts of contravening serious crime prevention order.
The 41-year-old is widely tipped to be the next national president of the outlaw motorcycle club after former leader Mick Murray was also arrested last week.
Police will allege that Zahed failed to notify officers of changes to his living arrangements while visiting NSW from Melbourne.
State Crime Command Director Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said the crackdown on criminal activity would last as long as needed.
‘Specialist officers will continue to execute raids across Sydney’s southwest as part of a targeted mission to dismantle criminal operations,’ he said.
It has since been revealed Ahmad (pictured) spent a large chunk of his time in and out of jail ruthlessly extorting rich underworld individuals
Multiple police vehicles attend the scene at Greenacre, Sydney (pictured) after a man was killed in a hail of bullets
Police have scoured multiple crime scenes, including the street where Ahmad was gunned down on Wednesday night
Meanwhile, hundreds of mourners, many of them hooded, farewelled Ahmad on Friday amid a heavy police presence.
His killers still remain on the run after the ‘big, big fish’ of Sydney’s underworld gangland war was gunned down while visiting an associate.
Police sources said Ahmad, also known as Mr Big, had no obvious connection to Greenacre, where he took his last breath on Wednesday night.
He had more enemies than friends and detectives aren’t shocked Ahmad was gunned down, after he repeatedly failed to heed their warnings to lay low following his release from jail in November last year.
‘He’s been warned in the past he was a marked man and as a result he didn’t heed those words … he was going about his normal business without a care in the world,’ detective superintendent Doherty said.
He had more enemies than friends and detectives aren’t shocked Ahmad was gunned down
Police sources said Ahmad, also known as Mr Big, had no obvious connection to Greenacre, (pictured) where he took his last breath on Wednesday night
But there are now suspicions that Ahmad may have been betrayed by someone he trusted when he arrived to visit his associate.
‘He wasn’t supposed to be here,’ one police source told Daily Mail Australia. ‘Whoever did this was given a heads up that they could find him here.’
Homicide Squad commander Doherty said: ‘It was a meticulous assassination … they weren’t going to muck around with this one.’
There are mounting fears of a retaliatory attack as the list of victims in Sydney’s underworld war soars to nine in 18 months.
‘You’d think the Hamzy’s would call it,’ the source said. ‘There aren’t too many left.’
Earlier, a police officer explained how the Alameddine crime network were ‘picking the Hamzy’s off like flies’.
It’s still not entirely clear how Ahmad fits into the equation, but Homicide Squad boss Danny Doherty noted he had a lot of enemies.
there are now suspicions that Ahmad may have been betrayed by someone he trusted when he arrived to visit his associate (the scene in Greenacre on Thursday)
Just last October, Ahmad dodged another attempt on his life when he was tipped off about a planned hit on him in broad daylight at a park at Rushcutters Bay.
It’s understood Ahmad had connections with the Hamzy and Alameddine wars but was also involved in a separate organised crime network.
Since 2020, NSW Police have focused considerable resources on a gangland war between the Alameddine and Hamzy groups which has seen seven people killed.
After a number of arrests and top-level Alameddine enforcer Masood Zakaria fleeing overseas the war appeared to have quietened.
But Ahmad’s death could ignite a new blood-feud police will have to contend with.
A series of bullet holes could be seen in the side of a white Toyota Hilux that was towed away in Greencare on Thursday morning
How shooting unfolded: Timeline of attack on Mahmoud Ahmad
Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad went to Narelle Crescent, Greenacre on Wednesday night to visit an associate.
Around 9.30pm, he was leaving when he was gunned down by ‘a large hail of bullets’ outside the home.
More than one person ‘lay in wait’ outside the house before opening fire.
Officers from Strike Force Raptor were in the area at the time and arrived to find a dying Ahmad lying in the street.
‘The movements of Brownie Ahmed are being investigated,’ Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.
‘He was at that address visiting an associate.
‘He’d been there for a little bit and was leaving.
‘What appears to be – whoever was in a car – as soon as he was out open in the street more than one person in that vehicle, someone’s fired shots at Brownie Ahmed
‘They’ve planned it. it’s well executed and I suppose it was a meticulous assassination of a person they were going to kill.’
‘They weren’t going to muck around with this one, that’s for sure.’