Three Tongans arrested in Sydney after immigration raid

Three Tongans were arrested this morning in Merrylands, Western Sydney following an immigration enforcement raid.

One of the trio was later released while the other two were still in detention.

They were arrested while sleeping in a garage.

A man at the residence told Kaniva News they were awaken at 5am this morning  by immigration enforcement officers surrounding their house and forcing everyone to show their ID.

He said about 30 officers were at the scene.

He said they hoped the duo could be released on bail.

“I suspect someone or some people probably Tongans have reported to Immigration that people staying here were committing immigration offences”, said the man, who wished not to be identified.

When asked how he came up with that idea, he said: “They (officers) had a warrant to search so obviously someone told on them”.

He said normally in arrests like this the suspects were taken to the city to be processed before  they were taken  to Villa Wood Detention centre.

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