Customs Officers Have Allegedly Helped Smuggle Drugs Through Australia’s Biggest Airport.

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A joint investigation by ABC’s 7.30 and Fairfax has revealed that a cell of suspected corrupt Customs officers has allegedly helped smuggle drugs through Australia’s biggest airport.

Up to 15 Customs staff at Sydney Airport are believed to have engaged in serious misconduct or corruption.

From that group, a core group of up to 10 officials have been involved in drug trafficking and bribery.

Well-placed sources say the cell has allegedly helped smuggle suitcases and backpacks filled with drugs past screening points, an activity suspected to have occurred every few months for several years.

The Australian Federal Police is refusing to comment, saying that a media event later today will address the allegations.

In early March, the New South Wales police drug squad staged a raid at an apartment block in Woolooware in south Sydney.

It is of paramount importance that corrupt insiders are detected and dealt with.
Neil Fergus

Inside one of the apartments they found five kilograms of pseudoephedrine tablets as well as steroids and 14 grams of cocaine.

The apartment belonged to Colombian-born Sydney man Diego Refojus, a drug trafficker with prior convictions for aggravated burglary.

But 7.30 and Fairfax have revealed the drugs passed through Sydney Airport, allegedly with the help of corrupt Customs officers.

Neil Fergus, a former top government intelligence official and head of the Sydney Olympics security centre, says Customs officers know the airport’s drug detection system back to front.

“If we have corrupt Customs officers, they know how the system works… you’re undermining everything that Customs stands for,” he said.

“The capacity for a corrupt insider to find ways through the system is actually quite strong and probably always will be.

“So it is of paramount importance that corrupt insiders are detected and dealt with.”


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