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Flying high: Qantas at the centre of disturbing drug smuggling ring

Intelligence report says as many as 150 employees linked to organised crime

Angus Whitley

Qantas Airways has asked Australian law-enforcement agencies for details of an intelligence report that is said to suggest the airline has been infiltrated by organised criminal gangs importing drugs.

Qantas wrote to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Federal Police, Border Force and Aviation and Maritime Security after Nine Entertainment publications said an intelligence operation called Project Brunello found potentially 150 employees had links to organised crime.

Among the most concerning is a mid-level Qantas manager at Sydney airport who is affiliated with a motorcycle gang, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, which is part of Nine Entertainment. Intelligence suggests the man recruited criminals into the airline to help import narcotics, the newspaper said. The suspected wrongdoing represents a very high threat to the Australian border, it said...

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