– Six crime bosses operating in Australia have each amassed $100 million in unexplained wealth during the past two years as Mexican and South American drug cartels chase the high Australian dollar.
In an exclusive interview, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus said drug traffickers focused on Australia because do astronomical returns due to the value of the dollar.
A kilo of cocaine in Mexico is about $US2300 ($2240); in LA, it is about $20,000; and in Australia, it is about $200,000,” Mr Negus said.
Another 72 people have acquired more than $10 million each in unexplained wealth during the same period.
But because of flawed Commonwealth unexplained wealth laws – which the states last week resisted Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s bid to change – the AFP has been unable to get a single prosecution to court.
The AFP has been powerless to take action over their unexplained wealth, Mr Negus said, in cases where the ‘Mr Bigs’ are two or three steps removed from the drug importation.
Laws passed in 2010 required a direct link to crime, with the laws also requiring the AFP to isolate wealth drawn from the Commonwealth offences, which Mr Negus said was difficult where state offences were also suspected.
Mr Negus said the new proposed laws were in the national interest.
He said of the targets: “They live the high life, they travel the world, they target Australia, they make the best of a situation which exploits weaknesses in the law.
Ms Gillard’s bid to introduce new laws to force people with unexplained wealth to explain where it came from was thwarted by the states at the Council of Australian Government meeting last Friday – Gemma Jones


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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