Four men charged over an alleged prisoner-led drug trafficking syndicate have been remanded in custody by a Sydney court.
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UPDATED 11:52 AM - 23 Aug 2013

Four men charged over an alleged prisoner-led drug trafficking syndicate have been remanded in custody by a Sydney court.

The men were among seven arrested in a series of dawn raids on properties in Sydney and Melbourne on Thursday morning.

The raids were sparked by investigations into a drug trafficking ring allegedly masterminded by a prisoner using a contraband mobile phone at Lithgow\'s maximum security jail.

The four men faced Burwood Local Court on one count each of participating in a criminal group, as well as drug supply and proceeds of crime offences.

Khaled Hamzy, 58, of Berala, faced a total of six charges - three of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime, one charge of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and another of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, as well as one count of participating in a criminal group.

Ghassan Amoun, 22, of Auburn, faced four counts of supplying a commercial amount of a prohibited drug, two counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and one of participating in a criminal group between May and June this year.

Thomas Miholic, 36, of Belfield, was charged with eight counts of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and one count of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, four counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and one count of participating in a criminal group.

Mohammad Abbas, 28, of Auburn, faced four counts of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and one of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, one count of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and one count of participating in a criminal group.

No applications for bail were made and bail was formally refused by Magistrate Jane Mottley.

They are next due to face the court via audio-visual link on February 11.

A brief of evidence is due to be handed down by the Director of Public Prosecutions on January 28.