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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 97 16:32:13 CST
From: Larry-Jennie <email@example.com>
Subject: [cia-drugs] Organised crime threatens Asia-Pacific stability
Organised crime threatens Asia-Pacific stability
By John Mair, Reuters
31 October 1997
CANBERRA, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The Asia-Pacific region
will see an increase in organised crime, in the
traditional area of drugs and the new realm of economic
crime, a report from the Australian Federal Police said.
The 1996/97 annual report said organised crime was
becoming a global business with technologically astute
gangs starting to resemble multinational corporations.
"Organised crime has become more sophisticated, mobile
and global, and its structures often reflect those of
transitional corporations with access to the latest
technologies," it said.
"They (criminal organisations) are quick to harness
developing technology to enhance activities and to
launch new criminal enterprises."
Economic and political stability in the Asia-Pacific
would be threatened said the police report, received by
Reuters on Friday.
"Trafficking in illicit drugs, money laundering, fraud
and arms trafficking will have a significant impact on
the political and economic stability within the
The report said that with the global flow of information
and money through new technologies, criminals could now
orchestrate their crimes from offshore.
Asian crime gangs, like Chinese Triads and Japanese
Yakuza, continued to pose a threat to Australia, the
report added, echoing comments on Monday by Australian
police that a handful of Chinese migrant drug lords were
now the "Mr Bigs" of crime and controlled heroin
importation from Sydney's Chinatown.
But the report also said cutbacks in government funding
had limited its ability to adequately fight crime.
It said funding cuts since 1993/94 had reduced the
number of investigations and limited intelligence
gathering. It also showed Australian Federal Police
expenditure in 1996/97 was six percent below that of the
In a newspaper interview on Monday, Australian Federal
Police Commissioner Mick Palmer said only one major
proactive drug investigation could be mounted at a time
while six or seven other drug syndicates continued to
operate at the same time.
An police spokesman told Reuters on Monday that only 10
percent of an estimated A$3.0 billion (US2.1 billion)
worth of heroin imported each year into Australia was
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