The Aussies are second only to degenerate Americans in their per capita drug consumption, and now Australian police are warning that the Mexican cartels are supplying product as reported by the Herald Sun: "Sinaloa members are expanding their Australian networks, having arrived in recent years, and that members of other rival Mexican cartels have also moved in here."
You don't say?!
Actually, Italy's 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has teamed up with the Mexican cartels in Australia as reported by Mark Schlieb for The Australian: "The head of the UN's Office of Drugs and Crime in Mexico City, Antonio Mazzitelli, believes Mexican drug cartels have struck deals with Australian members of the powerful Italian mafia group, the 'Ndrangheta, to capitalize on the country's hugely profitable cocaine trade."
In 2012 Italy requested the extradition of three men from Australia following convictions in absentia for their alleged roles in a plot to smuggle cocaine into Oz for the Calabrian Mafia as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Of course, the Aussies live in denial, and balked at the request. Italian prosecutor Maria Vittoria De Simone warns Australian officials that they ignore the 'Ndrangheta at their peril:
"We urge the Australian authorities to remember that 'Ndrangheta … represents an enormous risk for countries far from Italy. The 'Ndrangheta … runs the international cocaine market. It doesn't do its business in Calabria but around the world. It has infiltrated all economic sectors and it controls voting and political candidates at a national and international level. I urge the Australians not to underestimate this organisation. Otherwise it will be too late.''
Until Australia is willing to deal with its Mafia problem the Mexican cartels are there to stay.
Australian authorities became aware of the 'Ndrangheta's presence in the early 1960s during a turf war among rival clans, and notwithstanding repeated investigations over the next fifty years little has been done to bring down the crime group.
Of course, a little corruption apparently goes a long way in Australia. A 1991 report by the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence states that Mafia members or their relatives "have achieved a high degree of influence with, and even infiltrated, federal and state government departments, the judiciary and various law enforcement bodies."
Remember, organized crime cannot exist without public corruption.
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