The Australian Mafia

Published on May 16, 2016

Known by the name "The Honoured Society," the 'Ndrangheta controlled Italian-Australian organized crime all along the East Coast of Australia since the early 20th century. From ABC 'Four Corners' investigative series.

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Mafia bust in Italy reveals family ties run deep in Australia

February 2, 2016

Mafia bust in Italy reveals family ties run deep in Australia

February 2, 2016

This handout picture released by the Italian Police press office shows police officers arresting a man, no name given, during an anti-mafia operation. Source: AFP

Charles MirandaNews Corp Australia Network

ITALIAN police have carried out a series of raids to smash a Mafia-led operation to smuggle cocaine to Australia that police say godfathers have now divided into six zones for trafficking drugs, extortion and money laundering.

And such is the entrenchment of Mafia links to Australia now, authorities say the country is virtually a state of Italy and it would be impossible to ever wipe out.

Authorities have uncovered a treasure trove of intelligence related to the fearsome Calabrian-based ‘Ndrangheta mafia group and their operations in Australia including members’ infiltration of key areas to assist in their trade, including transport and politics.

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The police operation last week with raids on more than a dozen homes in Calabria has seen 14 members of clans linked to ‘Ndrangheta arrested and charged with “criminal association linked to international drugs tracking”, namely to Australia and Canada, with eight refused bail and the remaining six placed under house arrest.

One of those refused bail is a police officer tasked with protection of a port but instead was allegedly providing guidance on evading controls and security of the port area for the arrival and forwarding of consignments of drugs.

The case was the culmination of five years of work by the Central Operational Service of the Italian National Police, a specialist Italian police squad from Calabria and the district’s Anti-Mafia Prosecutor’s Office and had already led to arrests in Italy and Australia.

Arms found by Italian police during an anti-mafia operation. Police nabbed two fugitive mobster bosses after discovering them "living like animals" in a mountain hideout. Source: AFPSource:AFP

A video grab released by Italian Police shows the arrest of two top fugitive members of the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia after finding the bunker they were hiding in the province of Reggio Calabria. Source: ReutersSource:Supplied

Giuseppe Crea sits in the hidden bunker where he was arrested. He faces 22-years in prison for Mafia association. Source: APSource:AP


Despite the success of arrests and uncovering intelligence on international operations through extensive listening devices, taps and surveillance, it may not assist the overall ‘Ndrangheta crime fight in Australia.

Italian police have now classed the mafia in Australia as so entrenched, they believe it would be impossible to stamp out completely with Australian police only able to make busts and arrests where they can.

“Australia is not a target nation anymore, it’s now like a state of Italy from a criminal perspective,” a senior Italian officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told News Corp Australia.

“They are entrenched in their activities and have been for a long time. They have not got an expansion strategy with your country anymore, it’s not expansion its consolidation. Australia, Canada, Belgium, United States, Germany are all countries where these crimes are being consolidated.”

‘Ndrangheta work as strictly a family-based enterprise, affiliation having to be through blood relation. It’s a very closed mafia group because of the family links.”

Container ships pictured in the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, Italy. The police officer responsible for overseeing the site has been arrested for alleged ties to Mafia operations.Source:Alamy


According to evidence gathered by authorities, the group had designated six “locales” in Australia for Calabrian-linked mafia, not necessarily by State but by powerbase for both extended family support and drug importation markets as well as large-scale construction contracts, paying of backhanders and racketeering.

Each locale has its own mob boss that reports directly to Italy. Notably Sydney, South Australia and Melbourne have their own ‘Ndrangheta locale, well entrenched with fathers handing businesses down to sons and cousins. It’s the family ties that bind Italian organised crime to Australia and its large diaspora.

“In Italy we have hundreds of state witnesses from the Camorra, quite a few from the Sicilian Mafia but we only have five or six from the ‘Ndrangheta because squealing on ‘Ndrangheta means squealing on your mum, your dad, your uncle your cousin for this reason. That’s why the threat is so high.

“To be frank to some extent you have a bigger problem than they have in Europe because in Europe the big Calabrian communities outside Italy are in Belgium, Germany and Spain but in Australia the community there is much older than say Germany because the migrants have been there, well, since the end of the 19th Century. And it’s not just drugs, but big tendering processes, real big money to be made from tenders like building a motorway in Australia and you get 1 per cent of the bid and make $10 million without pushing a gram.”

A mask crosses St. Mark's Square as police officers patrol on the occasion of the Venice Carnival, in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. People attended the Venice Carnival, celebrated Saturday under heightened security following the sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in Cologne and the ongoing terror threat in Europe. Authorities have increased surveillance throughout the city, including the number of officers on patrol, both under-cover and in uniform. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)Source:AP


Italian police still lament the loss of the Australian Federal Police presence in Italy, with the post closed in 2002 and responsibility of law enforcement liaison with the country now done by an AFP agent based in Belgrade in Serbia which also has to handle liaison with police in Russia, Croatia, all of the Balkans, Malta and Greece; 22 countries in all.

An AFP spokeswoman ruled out reopening the agency’s Italian bureau.

“The AFP office in Belgrade is able to effectively cover Italy from that location,” she said.

“It is not possible to have AFP officers in every country around the world. The AFP places its personnel strategically to reflect the most efficient approach possible.”

She would not reveal whether efforts to investigate Australian mafia links would be stepped up, saying the AFP did not comment on operational matters.

A spokesperson for Justice Minister Michael Keenan said: “The Government takes advice from our intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies who are best placed to make informed personnel decisions.”

Belonging to the Mafia is a stand-alone offence in Italy whereas in many other countries, including Australia, association with the group is not a criminal offence.

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One families' fight for justice against the might of the mafia. The death of Peppino Impastato on the night of 8th May 1978 was initially dismissed by the Italian police as a case of either a suicide or a bungled bomb attack by a left-wing terrorist.

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Top mafia boss dies in Adelaide

EXCLUSIVE: Senior police are expecting an influx of organised crime figures for the funeral of mafia boss Bruno ‘The Fox’ Romeo — once

Bruno ‘The Fox’ Romeo, one of Australia’s highest-ranking mafia figures, has died in Adelaide

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Bruno Romeo, 87, once one of Australia’s most wanted men before his arrest in NSW in December, 1992, has died in Adelaide.

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BRUNO “The Fox” Romeo, one of Australia’s highest-ranking mafia figures, has died in Adelaide.

Senior police and federal authorities are expecting an influx of organised crime figures to attend his funeral. NCA bombing suspect Domenic Perre is also expected to attend.

Perre is related to Romeo’s wife, Nazzarena, and is closely associated with his three sons Mick, Joe and Bruno jnr.

Bruno Romeo managed to stay one step ahead of police for almost 30 years before he was finally charged with drug offences and given a 10-year sentence in WA. Picture: Channel 10

Like their father, Joe and Bruno jnr have both served lengthy prison sentences after being convicted of drug cultivation and trafficking offences.

Bruno Romeo senior, 87, of Rostrevor, died in Adelaide at the weekend. He was once one of Australia’s most wanted men before his arrest in NSW in December, 1992, ending a 2 1/2-year national and international police manhunt. He was wanted over a $8 million cannabis crop found growing on a remote WA cattle station in 1990.

A joint National Crime Authority/WA Police taskforce — Dubbed Operation Rottweiler — eventually caught him at a 750-plant cannabis crop site, some up to 4.5m tall, near Lismore, in northern NSW.

Dubbed “The Fox’’ because of his ability to elude capture, Bruno Romeo managed to stay one step ahead of police for almost 30 years before he was finally charged with drug offences and given a 10-year sentence in WA.

A crime intelligence report prepared for the Federal Government three decades ago outed Romeo as a South Australian leader of the so-called Honoured Society — or ‘Ndrangheta — a Calabrian organised crime group.

He and Nazzarena were born in the Calabrian village of Plati and came to Australia in 1951, settling for a time in Griffith.

NCA bombing suspect  Dominic Perre in 1994. He is expected to attend the funeral.

In September, 1994, one of Romeo’s three sons, Giuseppe “Joe’’ Romeo, was jailed for four years with a two-year non-parole period over a cannabis crop at Cobar, New South Wales.

Joe Romeo’s younger brother, Bruno Lee Romeo was jailed in WA in 1987 over a 1.5ha crop of cannabis and was allowed to transfer to SA to complete a three-year jail term.

At Romeo senior’s trial in the WA Supreme Court in 1994, it was revealed he had taken out murder contracts on two protected witnesses.

Prosecutor Simon Stone told Justice Terry Walsh the two men under threat were key Crown witnesses who would testify against him at his trial on conspiracy and cannabis-growing charges.

Mr Stone said the witnesses — a former bankrupt West Australian farmer and a former NSW storekeeper — had already testified against Romeo at his committal hearing.

Reading from a National Crime Authority affidavit, Mr Stone said: “Information received indicates that (Romeo) has been involved directly and indirectly in offering to bribe the two witnesses, arranging contracts to kill them and approaches to members of their families and others to ascertain the whereabouts of the two witnesses’’.

The allegations arose during an application for bail by Romeo, then aged 64.

Opposing the application, Mr Stone said Romeo and his wife Nazzarena allegedly disappeared from their home at Skye, in the Adelaide Hills, within half an hour of WA police issuing a warrant for Romeo’s arrest in 1990.

'Little Italy in Australia': Drug trafficking Calabrian Mafia 'linked' to senior Aussie politicians

Published time: 29 Jun, 2015 11:08

Marko Djurica _ Reuter

A cozy relationship between Calabrian Mafia known as the 'Ndrangheta, one of the world's most powerful organized crime syndicates, and high-ranking Aussie politicians has been uncovered in a year-long media investigation.

The 'Ndrangheta (also referred to as the Honored Society) operates “powerful cells” in Australia, according to a report by ABC's Four Corners program and Fairfax newspapers. The criminal group has used threats and violence in legitimate Aussie businesses, and is involved in the illegal drugs trade, according to ABC, Australia's national broadcaster. One of its historical power bases is the Melbourne wholesale produce markets in Footscray. “For decades the ‘Ndrangheta controlled the market through a cartel that monopolized the sale of produce through bribery and extortion,” the report says. A top anti-mafia prosecutor has been quoted as saying the Italian mafia and their Aussie associates have been "recreating a Little Italy in Australia."

Shivani Kamat @ShivaniSamat

Mafia 'ties to Australia officials': Australian politicians at both state and federal level have been infiltrated by the Calabrian ma...

00:54 - 29 Jun 2015

The 'Ndrangheta is credited as one of Europe's biggest importers of South American cocaine. It operates mostly in Europe, and, despite their geographical proximity, independently from the Sicilian Mafia.

According to Four Corners, their investigations based on confidential police reports, reveal “how the mafia has infiltrated Australian politics at the highest levels by cultivating people in positions of power.”

Marcus Campbell @M_arcusC

Just as scathing as the reports of the Liberal Party mafia scandal is the unanimous lack of surprise expressed by Australia #auspol

08:49 - 29 Jun 2015

The investigation has reportedly uncovered a number of contacts between "known and suspected criminals" from the Italian Mafia and senior Aussie politicians. The report says that on one occasion, a man "with deep mafia associations"met the then Australian Prime Minister John Howard, along with other senior party officials, at a fundraising event. The report adds there is no suggestion Mr Howard was aware of the Mafioso's alleged criminal links.

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The investigation has also reportedly revealed how "donors have lobbied on behalf of a mafia figure a host of Liberal and Labor MPs over issues related to their businesses."

According to Four Corners, the son of an alleged mafia boss was given work experience at the Australian embassy in Rome, when former Liberal minister Amanda Vanstone was ambassador. Although there's no evidence his placement led to any security breaches, security agencies have reportedly described it as "a major lapse." However, there was no suggestion Ms Vanstone knew of the link.


I am wondering how a #mafia chief was able to get a visa to stay in Australia when a genuine #refugee can not

21:18 - 28 Jun 2015

When Ms Vanstone was immigration minister in the Howard government, she appeared to be involved in another episode uncovered during the investigation, ABC reported. Ms Vanstone allegedly granted a visa to a crime boss, who was later charged with drug trafficking and implicated in a murder plot. The man (the brother of a well-known Melbourne businessman) reportedly has a colorful criminal past in Italy. He was due to be deported, but his family managed to lobby some of the country's most powerful Liberal politicians, including Ms Vanstone, according to ABC.

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In 2005, the man was granted a visa to stay in Australia on humanitarian grounds. A few years later, he was implicated in one of Australia's largest ever drug busts. "Confidential police assessments suggest Ms Vanstone's South Australian Senate office had likely been infiltrated by mafia figures," ABC reported.

The report, cited by ABC, also highlights how "loopholes" in the donations system still continue to expose Australian politicians to potential corruption. A 2009 Australia Federal Police (AFP) report described a "lack of checks and oversight"in the political donations system as "significant" failings, ABC reported.

"As it stands, political parties and candidates can receive significant support and financial contributions through avenues not covered by the statutory disclosure regime," the AFP report said. Thanks to these "loopholes" it's "difficult to identify any bribery in the form of political donations."


Dasher @Dasher245

Probably kidding ourselves if we think the Italian Mafia is not active in Australia.

22:44 - 25 Jun 2015

According to ABC, the report adds that the Australian Electoral Commission has tried to address the issue on several occasions, but the amendments have never been passed by the federal parliament.

NCA bombing’s link to the Calabrian Mafia in Italy

Colin James, The Advertiser October 19, 2016

REVEALED: Net tightens on NCA bombing suspects

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THERE are Italians in Adelaide who know exactly why the NCA office was bombed — and by whom. For the sake of the family of the young police officer who was killed it is time they broke their code of silence.

It is an open secret within the criminal underworld that the National Crime Authority bombing was an organised hit linked to the Italian mafia. What is not so well known is why Detective-Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen was targeted.

With South Australia police taking the unusual step of issuing media releases translated into Italian in a bid to find his killers, it may be useful to provide some background.

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SA Police News 


Info in Italian abt the investigation into 1994 fatal explosion @ Adelaide National Crime Authority office online: 

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Det-Sgt Bowen, 36, a married father-of-two, was on secondment to the NCA from Western Australia investigating Mafia links to large-scale marijuana cultivation when he was blown up by a parcel bomb delivered to his Waymouth St office on March 2, 1994.

Eight months earlier, Bowen had been instrumental in the arrest of 11 men at a 10,533-plant cannabis plantation at Hidden Valley, in the Northern Territory, in a raid co-ordinated by the NCA.

Among eight Italians detained at the scene was a 57-year-old called Antonio Perre. The prime suspect named by a coronial inquest into the bombing of the NCA office remains his nephew, Domenic Perre.

It has long been believed that Domenic Perre sought vengeance against Det-Sgt Bowen for the arrest of his uncle, a high-ranking member of the Calabrian Mafia — the ’Ndrangheta, or “Honoured Society”.

Bowen was a senior investigator on a task force targeting Italian organised crime within Australia known as Operation Cerebus. He was running the operation investigating the Hidden Valley plantation when Antonio Perre arrived in Australia on a temporary visa.

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