To have a lasting impact on the availability of ice, the Australian Federal Police will now need to pursue less tangible, but more complex and difficult strategies focused on addressing the diversion of drugs and precursors in the Chinese chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Senior analyst, border security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Dr John Coyne is director of the border security program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He previously worked for the Australian Federal Police on transnational organised crime and counterterrorism.
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19/11/2015 6:48 AM AEDT
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12/10/2015 5:20 AM AEDT
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