US & Australian Military Personnel Join Transnational Organized Crime Groups, Smuggle Cigarettes

From: Sydney Morning Herald

US airmen, Border Force members allegedly join crime gangs involved in smuggling

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker


Sydney-based US Air Force personnel, Australian Border Force officials and Commonwealth-licensed customs brokers are suspected to have joined international crime syndicates involved in smuggling illicit goods into the country.

The revelations come as top security expert Neil Fergus warns that border security gaps may be exploited by terrorists, and former NSW police commissioner Ken Moroney says the Coalition’s decision to scrap an anti-corruption board will increase customs graft.

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