Organized crime has invaded Australian airports and airlines to smuggle drugs into the country – with insiders including a Qantas executive with Comanchero bikie links
- Bikies and other gangs reportedly ‘infiltrate’ airlines and airports
- Using the connections to smuggle drugs into Australia from foreign dealers
- Airport security hasn’t had a review in 15 years, Labor officials warned
Alleged drug smuggling by criminals allegedly infiltrating Australian airlines and airports has prompted federal Labor to conduct an urgent security investigation.
Crime-fighting agencies believe biker gang members and other outlaws pose ‘a very significant threat to the Australian border’, Nine newspapers and 60 Minutes reported overnight.
The allegations include an affiliate of Comanchero bikie gangs working as a Qantas manager at Sydney Airport, recruiting criminals to help import narcotics.
Criminals allegedly infiltrate airports and airlines to smuggle drugs into Australia (photo, stock photo from Sydney Airport)
“As we follow all government vetting procedures, we find these claims disturbing,” Qantas chief security officer Luke Bramah told Nine, adding that the airline had not been notified of any investigations into employees linked to the organized crime.
In response to the reports, Labor stressed that it had been 15 years since an airport security review.
“It is deeply disturbing that the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission… has revealed… that federal law enforcement officers and dozens of Qantas employees are allowing drug entry into Australia,” Labor spokesmen Kristina Keneally and Catherine King said in a joint statement. . statement.
“The combination of these revelations and the challenges of COVID-19 mean that it is now time for another independent assessment.
“Since the pandemic began, there has been confusion at our airports as different bureaucracies have pointed to each other when something has gone wrong.”
Labor wants an independent assessment of security at Australia’s international airports.
The allegations include that an affiliate of Comanchero bikie gangs works as a Qantas manager at Sydney airport, recruiting criminals to import narcotics.