HomeNewsBriefAustralian Crime Commission: Organized Crime in Australia 2011
BRIEF

Australian Crime Commission: Organized Crime in Australia 2011

COLOMBIA / 2 MAY 2011 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

The Australian Crime Commission, a government agency, has published its 2011 report on organized crime in the country. The report states that Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are increasingly taking control of Australia's cocaine market. According to the commission these DTOs are not only big suppliers of the drug, but also manage money laundering operations.

An excerpt from the report:

The world is now moving towards a multi-polar political model of global power and there has been a shift towards the Asia-Pacific region as the power base. At the same time, non-state entities, including multinational corporations, pressure groups, the larger organised crime groups and terrorist or insurgency groups, are projecting power and influence that at times demands attention on a global scale. The Italian N’drangheta, which has an Australian footprint, has an estimated annual turnover of A$60 billion. The combined annual turnover of the Mexican drug cartels, which are increasingly exporting cocaine to Australia, is estimated to exceed $10 billion -- placing them on the same revenue footing as some Fortune 500 companies.

[...]

[C]riminal groups from, or with links to, Central and South America -- and those groups already established in the Australian cocaine market -- are expected to maintain a competitive advantage in trafficking the drug into Australia. Mexican criminals have become more prevalent as principals in the importation and supply of cocaine and associated money laundering. There is concern that they may also import the violent practices which have been reported overseas.

To read full report click here (pdf).

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 9 NOV 2015

In its 2015 annual drug assessment, the DEA emphasizes Mexico cartel dominance of the US drug market, highlighting the growing…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 8 AUG 2011

With the U.S. set to deepen its role in Mexico’s “drug war” and the 2012 elections fast approaching, the Merida…

MEXICO / 19 JUL 2012

A US Senate report found that Mexican drug cartels were able to launder billions of dollars through HSBC bank…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.