Australian federal agencies speculated that organized crime members have infiltrated the ranks of Qantas to bring drugs into the country.
The results of the Australian intelligence-led Project Brunello claimed that up to 150 staff are linked to criminal activity that is “serious and represents a very high threat to the Australian border.”
Among those discovered by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) were a Comanchero motorcycle gang affiliate working in a mid-level Qantas managerial position at Sydney airport and a Qantas freight contractor in Perth who coordinates drug shipments.
Qantas chief security officer Luke Bramah said that federal authorities have not informed them that employees were being investigated.
“We have not been advised of any current investigations of Qantas Group employees involved in organized crime. If concerns are raised regarding any of our employees, we will actively support their investigation and take appropriate action,” said Bramah.
Federal Labor opposition politicians have called for an independent review of security at Australia’s international airports in light of the report.
A former Qantas baggage recently pleaded guilty last May to importing $68.5 million worth of cocaine and was later found to have imported $1 billion worth of cocaine via Qantas.
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