criminals move to bigger and better things $50k fuck can buyem in africa for like $50 Rockets for sale on streets By Neil Mercer November 05, 2006 12:00am Article from: The Sunday Telegraph Font size: + - Send this article: Print Email AS many as 20 rocket launchers have been smuggled into Australia from the Middle East and are on sale for as much as $50,000 each in Sydney's underworld. The weapons were obtained by a Sydney criminal gang to fight a turf war, but authorities fear they could end up in the hands of terrorists. A Sunday Telegraph investigation has revealed the B-7 type rocket launchers, also known as RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenades, are being offered for sale on the black market for between $15,000 and $50,000. The rocket launchers have been in the possession of at least one Sydney crime gang since about 2002, police believe. The Sunday Telegraph understands they were bought from a Lebanese arms dealer with Australian connections. Although key members of the gang are now in jail, the weapons have never been recovered. A long-time favourite of terrorists and insurgents in the Middle East, the B-7 is capable of bringing down aircraft and helicopters. Fired from the shoulder, B-7s are also used against armoured vehicles, buildings and bunkers. They are portable, relatively small and easy to hide. The Sunday Telegraph has been told the weapons were brought into this country at the height of a "war'' between two families of Middle Eastern background, the Darwiches and the Razzaks. Underworld sources have revealed that both sides in the dispute were building arsenals. In a further disturbing development for authorities, a man believed to have military connections was involved with one of the warring families. It is believed he helped them access machine guns and grenades. At least one family was also in possession of a large amount of high explosive. The bloody feud between the two clans over drug territory led to a series of murders and shootings, some of them in broad daylight in front of horrified onlookers. In August this year, Adnan "Eddie'' Darwiche and three others were found guilty of the murders of Ziad Razzak and Mervat Nemra at Greenacre in 2003. Ms Nemra was an innocent bystander. About 100 bullets were fired into the house where shewas sleeping. Eddie Darwiche was also found guilty of the attempted murder of Farouk "Frank'' Razzak and the shooting of Bilal Razzak. He is now in prison waiting tobe sentenced. The Sunday Telegraph has learned that about 2003, a member of the Darwiche family boasted that he had bought 10 rocket launchers at that stage for a total of $150,000, or $15,000 apiece. The idea was to establish, once and for all, superior firepower to that of the Razzaks. It is understood that at one stage, a group from the Darwiche faction took two rocket launchers to a house at Greenacre, where they were expecting the extended Razzak clan to be gathered. The plan was to fire both rockets into the house to wipe out their enemies, but the gathering didnot occur. Authorities believe that so far, the weapons are still in the hands of criminals around Sydney. Although deeply troubled by that scenario, they are more alarmed at the prospect of some of the rocket launchers making their way into the hands of terrorists. The NSW and Australian Federal Police have previously expressed concern at the radicalisation of a small number of violent criminals. The Sunday Telegraph is aware of at least two Sydney offenders who began their "careers'' in drug trafficking and car rebirthing. They later converted to Islam, apparently while in jail. Both are now before the courts on terrorism-related matters. The Sunday Telegraph understands that authorities first heard about the rocket launchers about three years ago. But it was not until this yearthat they were able to confirm the information. One source said the going rate for rocket launchers was $50,000, but another source indicated they could be bought for less.