Cannabis smug­gled into Queens­land ev­ery­day


An or­gan­ised crime syn­di­cate ex­ploited se­ri­ous se­cu­rity fail­ures at ma­jor do­mes­tic air­ports to fly more than two tonnes of cannabis on do­mes­tic flights bound for Bris­bane. Po­lice al­lege that since Novem­ber, a cashed-up crime gang packed about 22 kg of cannabis into ev­ery­day bag­gage be­fore board­ing about 40 flights from Vic­to­ria to Bris­bane.

The shock­ing breach was even­tu­ally de­tected by the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice’s anti-bikie squad, which smashed the dope ring with the Na­tional Anti-Gang Squad.

It comes eight years af­ter whistle­blower Al­lan Kess­ing re­vealed shock­ing de­tails about drug smug­gling at Syd­ney air­port – prompt­ing the then Howard govern­ment to spend $200 mil­lion in beef­ing up the po­lice and cus­toms pres­ence at air­ports. Kess­ing was later charged for leak­ing in­for­ma­tion.

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