Australian airport workers found distributing drugs

A probe by the Australian Border Force (ABF) has uncovered illegal drug use and distribution among Melbourne Airport staff, with suspicions that some employees were working for organized crime syndicates.

Publication: 01.07.2024 - 15:33
Australian airport workers found distributing drugs
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In a statement on its official website, the ABF detailed the JETENGINE Operation, which aims to identify, monitor, and disrupt criminal activities within the aviation supply chain in Victoria and Tasmania. "The ABF and partner agencies have issued strict warnings to trusted individuals at Melbourne International Airport," the statement said.

70 Personnel Violated Security Protocols

Over the past 12 months, the ABF inspected more than 1,300 commercial flights and scrutinized nearly 500 airline crew members and staff. During this investigation, the ABF identified 70 Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) personnel who breached security protocols.

The ABF noted, "During the operation, officers uncovered evidence of illegal drug use and domestic distribution among several airline crew members. Additionally, during the same period, international airline crew were found smuggling illegal cigarettes and tobacco products in suitcases with false compartments to evade significant customs duties."