DRUGS, FRAUD CALLED PACIFIC THREAT

SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, Nov. 27) - Intelligence experts say stamping out drug trafficking and identify fraud in the Pacific Region will help keep out terrorists.

South Pacific police chiefs used a four-day meeting in Brisbane to pledge their commitment to an amphetamines crackdown.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty says as yet there is no evidence of terrorist activity in the South Pacific.

However he says crimes like money laundering, identity fraud and drug trafficking are often the starting point for terrorist organizations.

"We don't see any pockets of radical Islam in the region at this point in time," he said.

"But of course some of these problems don't manifest themselves immediately, some of them take a long time for them to infiltrate communities and start to establish their networks."

The police chiefs have also agreed on a four-year strategic plan that will see their police forces cooperating in matters of regional importance.

November 28, 2003

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