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Qantas Accused Of Drug Smuggling?!
It seems the legacy of Barry Seal have evolved into using commercial flight to get drugs into first-world nations and
it doesn't involve passengers with cocaine shoved-up their ass!

Maybe 727SKY can help us in regards of stories and gossip he may have heard during his flying days?

Quote:Qantas infiltrated by organised criminals, says intelligence report

'Crime agencies believe Qantas has been infiltrated by bikies and other organised crime groups to facilitate drug
importation and other activities that pose a risk to national security.

A classified federal law enforcement intelligence operation code-named Project Brunello has determined that a
“significant” number of Qantas staff – up to 150 – are linked to criminality. The operation describes suspected
wrongdoing that is “serious and represents a very high threat to the Australian border”.

Official sources briefed on the findings but unable to speak publicly due to confidentiality requirements said among
the most concerning of the suspected “trusted insiders” within Qantas is a Comanchero motorcycle gang affiliate
who is linked to international drug cartel boss Hakan Ayik.

This person is working in a mid-level managerial position at Qantas’ Sydney airport operations and the intelligence
suggests he has recruited criminals into the airline to help import narcotics.

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Qantas has allegedly been infiltrated by senior organised crime figures.
(Right) Damion Flower, who pleaded guilty to charges relating to a cocaine importation plot.

The revelations raise serious questions for both the airline and the federal government, and come after historical
inquiries have warned of evolving gaps in port and airport security. They also raise questions for federal Labor,
which is opposing transport security laws proposed by the Coalition and backed by police that would enable criminal
intelligence to be used to stop workers receiving aviation and maritime government security clearances.

Qantas Group chief security officer Luke Bramah told The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes that “given
we follow all of the government’s vetting procedures, we find these claims disturbing. We have not been advised of
any current investigations of Qantas Group employees involved in organised crime.
If concerns are raised regarding any of our employees, we will actively support their investigation and take appropriate

He said Qantas was the only commercial airline that holds a Trusted Trader accreditation with Australian Border Force,
“which means every single employee connected to international air freight must pass a fit and proper test. We’ve not
been advised by Border Force of any of our employees failing this test.”

But Project Brunello found in its July 2020 report that “trusted insiders” at Australia’s biggest airline have links to organised
crime and were able to “cause significant harm” to the Australian community by facilitating smuggling across borders.
The official sources briefed on the report said the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission inquiry had found some
Qantas staff were creating “vulnerabilities in the security of supply chains and critical infrastructure” that risked eroding
the public’s faith in border security and in the reputation of the airline.

Individuals identified include a Hells Angels-linked figure in the Northern Territory who is working as a Qantas contractor.
He is the subject of intelligence indicating he previously infiltrated Defence Department flights that were subcontracted to

A Qantas freight contractor in Perth was also found by Brunello to have been repeatedly “using his trusted insider status”
to make large drug deliveries. Brunello assessed that former Qantas baggage handler turned wealthy Sydney racing
identity Damion Flower, who pleaded guilty in May to importing $68.5 million worth of cocaine, had actually imported
$1 billion worth of cocaine via Qantas and a corrupt Qantas baggage handler, who has also since been jailed.

The full extent of Flower’s trafficking through Qantas, along with Project Brunello’s other findings, has never previously been
publicly revealed. The operation by the nation’s peak law enforcement intelligence agency also uncovered five Qantas staff
who had links to alleged “national security” criminality involving Islamic extremism, but said there were no immediate risks.

The Qantas departments at the highest risk were its air freight division and ground crew and baggage handling divisions.
Almost 60 Qantas staff were linked to “serious drug offences” or “organised crime groups”. Twenty-three Qantas employees
have “used employment in the aviation environment to facilitate various criminal activities”.

Seven Qantas staff have been linked to child exploitation, including an employee charged last year with possessing and
manufacturing child pornography outside of Australia, with the report warning of a possible small network of sex offenders
at Brisbane international airport.

Multiple sources aware of Project Brunello’s findings said they were based on a deep dive by the commission, which looked
into years of intelligence holdings, as well as an extensive examination of Qantas’ employee and contractor records.
Intelligence is typically gathered by state and federal detectives in the field, phone taps, data analysis and human informants,
and is used to form strategic assessments by the commission if considered reliable.

The reports of the infiltration of Qantas come in addition to revelations by the head of the commission, Michael Phelan,
that Australia’s most dangerous and wanted crime bosses have organised themselves into a cartel earning an estimated
$1.5 billion a year by smuggling drugs past the nation’s borders.

The commission says nine men drawn mostly from Australian bikie gangs and middle-eastern crime syndicates make up what
the agency has named the “Aussie Cartel”. The cartel’s key Comanchero-linked members have connections to some of the 
uspected Qantas “trusted insiders” identified by Brunello.

Mr Phelan said if the stalled proposed airport and port security laws “aren’t passed today, there’ll be 225 people ... who are not
convicted of any offences, but have very close links to serious and organised crime”.

The report also warns that the COVID-19 pandemic may create further opportunities for crime groups to target Qantas and its
staff. Even with declining overseas passenger travel, “the threat of trusted insiders in Qantas will continue to be very high”.
The findings raise serious questions about border security controls and legislative gaps, given repeated warnings dating back
to 2003, when whistleblower Alan Kessing made allegations of serious compromises on Australia’s borders, supported by the
2005 Wheeler review.

Brunello also raises questions for Qantas, alleging gaps in “business processes at Qantas that if tightened might help to
complicate insider placement options for OCGs [organised crime groups]. These include drug testing, recruitment and
criminal history checking practices.”

Crime intelligence commission head Mr Phelan declined to confirm if Qantas had been infiltrated, but said his agency “works very
closely with Qantas” and that several private sector companies were vulnerable. Mr Phelan is backing proposed laws, supported
by the government, that would enable criminal intelligence, rather than just existing criminal convictions, to be used when assessing
if a person can work at sensitive airport and maritime sites.

Labor and some unions have previously expressed concern that the proposed port and airport security identification card laws are
flawed and may unfairly target some workers based on unverified allegations. But Mr Phelan said the proposals, now before Parliament,
relied only on highly reliable intelligence, and would be applied sparingly and be subject to appeal.

Late Sunday, federal Labor called for an urgent review of security at Australia’s airports, describing the allegations as highly disturbing.
Qantas security chief Mr Bramah said the airline had been “strong supporters of introducing intelligence checks” for all security cards
and was pleased the federal government was working to get this through Parliament.

“In addition to the criminal checks that happen every two years, we’d like to see real-time background checks, which means airlines
and airports know immediately if an employee has been convicted of an offence, because it’s another safeguard,” he said. “We have
had positive conversations with the government about this over a number of years.”...'
Sydney Morning Herald:

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Small timers.  I bet it pales compared to what gets through on shipping containers.  tinybighuh

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(06-07-2021, 05:35 PM)F2d5thCav Wrote: Small timers.  I bet it pales compared to what gets through on shipping containers.  tinybighuh


Normally I'd agree with you -and I do in regards of the shipping-containers, but it seems that the above article
may have been connected to this one below.

Remember, in the media-world, what may seem like random articles are often fragments from a larger story
broken up to obtain more ratings-mileage and fill more column inches!

Quote:Hundreds arrested, guns, drugs and millions in cash seized after joint operation targets organised crime gangs

Australian and US investigators also seized 104 firearms and almost $35m (£24.7m) in cash.

'More than 200 people suspected of being involved in organised crime have been arrested after police infiltrated
an app to access millions of messages about "industrial scale" drug imports and murder plots. A joint operation
between Australia and the FBI, which began in 2018, led to arrests in Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Australian officials said the investigation had "struck a heavy blow against organised crime - not just in this country,
but one that will echo around organised crime around the world".

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Among those arrested are suspects with links to Australian-based Italian mafia, outlaw motorcycle gangs, Asian crime
syndicates and Albanian organised crime. "This is a watershed moment in Australian law enforcement history," prime
minister Scott Morrison said on Monday. Australia did not give any details on arrests in other countries but said Interpol
and the FBI would hold news conferences later.

The plan saw officials in the US take control of a messaging app called ANOM, which authorities said was popular with
organised criminals. When an Australian underworld figure begun distributing the app to his associates as a secure
means to communicate, law enforcement authorities could monitor all their messages.

"We have been in the back pockets of organised crime," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said.
"All they talk about is drugs, violence, hits on each other, innocent people who are going to be murdered." Mr Kershaw
said one murder plot involved plans to target a cafe with a machine gun, while a family of five was also targeted.

He added: "Today, Australia is a much safer country because of the extraordinary outcome under Operation Ironside.
"It highlights how devastatingly effective the AFP is when it works with local and global partners, and takes its fight
against trans-national organised crime offshore.
"This world-first operation will give the AFP, state and territory police years of intelligence and evidence.

"There is also the potential for a number of cold cases to be solved because of Operation Ironside."
A total of 224 people were arrested and 3.7 tonnes of drugs, 104 firearms as well as almost $35m (£24.7m) in cash
were seized...'
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