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Drug trafficking in the Pacific

Chapter


Abstract


  • This case study examines the organized trafficking of

    drugs into the Pacific region. The Pacific is small in

    population but massive in area. Relative to the size of

    states, there are significanl movement of drugs in the

    region. The flow is generally from the developing to

    the developed world for heroin and cOCc1ine, but the

    ecstasy and amphetamine market is more mixed, with

    manufacture in Europe, South East Asia and Pacific

    Island states. Wilh over 5,000 vessels sailing through

    the region everyday, ssearching each shipping container

    is impossible. In Australia, for example, five ports

    offload containers, with Melbourne alone handling

    more than 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units

    (TEUs) over the past year (Baird Maritime 2010). Few

    are actually searched (due to the cost) so authorities are

    already hampered. Transshipment through the Pacific

    islands attracts less suspicion than shipments direct

    from source areas, but tbe relatively small capacity

    that developing states possess means that Australia

    and New Zealand have an interest in developing the

    customs and law enforcement capabilities of Pacific

    island states. Despite current positive efforts, however,

    concerns remain over the presence of transnational

    criminal organizations in the Pacific.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Hawksley, C. (2011). Drug trafficking in the Pacific. In A. Cullen & S. Murray (Eds.), The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific (pp. 65-67). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/2015

Book Title


  • The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific

Start Page


  • 65

End Page


  • 67

Abstract


  • This case study examines the organized trafficking of

    drugs into the Pacific region. The Pacific is small in

    population but massive in area. Relative to the size of

    states, there are significanl movement of drugs in the

    region. The flow is generally from the developing to

    the developed world for heroin and cOCc1ine, but the

    ecstasy and amphetamine market is more mixed, with

    manufacture in Europe, South East Asia and Pacific

    Island states. Wilh over 5,000 vessels sailing through

    the region everyday, ssearching each shipping container

    is impossible. In Australia, for example, five ports

    offload containers, with Melbourne alone handling

    more than 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units

    (TEUs) over the past year (Baird Maritime 2010). Few

    are actually searched (due to the cost) so authorities are

    already hampered. Transshipment through the Pacific

    islands attracts less suspicion than shipments direct

    from source areas, but tbe relatively small capacity

    that developing states possess means that Australia

    and New Zealand have an interest in developing the

    customs and law enforcement capabilities of Pacific

    island states. Despite current positive efforts, however,

    concerns remain over the presence of transnational

    criminal organizations in the Pacific.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Hawksley, C. (2011). Drug trafficking in the Pacific. In A. Cullen & S. Murray (Eds.), The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific (pp. 65-67). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/2015

Book Title


  • The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific

Start Page


  • 65

End Page


  • 67