How nine Aussie crime bosses have linked up to become the ‘Aussie Cartel’


Nine crime bosses link up to create the ‘Aussie Cartel’ and use connections to smuggle drugs worth $1.5BILLION a year into Australia

  • Aussie Cartel is said to include members of bikie gangs and other syndicates 
  • Intelligence boss Michael Phelan said the group poses a threat to justice system 
  • The cartel is said to earn $1billion in profit on revenue of $1.5billion a year 
  • Members share information on supply routes and border ‘doors’ to import drugs
  • Phelan said authorities would ‘not play fair’ in pursuing cartel members 

Nine Australians who organised themselves into a $1.5billion drug-running ‘Aussie cartel’ were responsible for one-third of all drug importations into Australia, intelligence agencies allege.

Michael Phelan, the head of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission said the nine men were designated ‘priority’ targets because of their criminal activities at Australia’s borders.

Members of the cartel were drawn from bikie gangs and Middle Eastern crime syndicates and described as ‘the baddest of the bad’ by Mr Phelan. 

Former national president of the Comancheros bikie gang, Mark Buddle, is alleged to be a member of the 'Aussie Cartel'

Former national president of the Comancheros bikie gang, Mark Buddle, is alleged to be a member of the ‘Aussie Cartel’

Michael Phelan, chief executive, of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said the criminal activities of the cartel pose a threat to Australia's justice system and government institutions

Michael Phelan, chief executive, of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said the criminal activities of the cartel pose a threat to Australia’s justice system and government institutions 

The operations of the Aussie cartel posed a major threat ‘to the integrity of our justice system and other government institutions’, he told Nine newspapers and 60 Minutes.

The intelligence boss indicated the cartel included senior members of Hell’s Angels and Comanchero bikie gangs who were formerly bitter rivals but now shared information on supply routes and ways to smuggle drugs through Australia’s borders. 

Routes into Australia, known as ‘doors’, included using corrupt ‘insiders’ working for the national airline, Qantas, the 60 Minutes report revealed.

‘They share any corrupt networks they may have here to swap information to each other,’ Mr Phelan said.

Australians involved including alleged cartel boss Hayan Ayik, living in Turkey, former Comancheros’ president Mark Buddle, Hells Angels’ head Angelo Pandeli, and Michael Tu, linked to the Hong Kong Triad crime syndicate.

Turkey-based Australian Hayan Ayik is considered a founding member of the Aussie Cartel

Turkey-based Australian Hayan Ayik is considered a founding member of the Aussie Cartel

Cartel members had used 'insiders' working for the national carrier, Qantas, to facilitate drug importation into Australia (stock photo of Qantas jet pictured)

Cartel members had used ‘insiders’ working for the national carrier, Qantas, to facilitate drug importation into Australia (stock photo of Qantas jet pictured)

The cartel is believed to be behind major drug importations into Australia in recent years, including $1 billion of meth into Western Australia in 2017 and another into Melbourne early in 2020. 

Mr Phelan said encrypted phone apps such as Ciphr and Anon were useful in helping the cartel establish itself but also helped track their activities. 

He also indicated the Commission would ‘not play fair’ in hunting down members of the cartel and their associates. 

Special extradition procedures and pressuring family and friends in Australia believed to be assisting the cartel would be targeted by the Commission, he said.

Proposed laws to tighten the grant of security IDs to those who work at Australia’s airport and maritime borders, and to allow intelligence agencies to ‘pierce’ encryption technology used in criminal activity, remain before Parliament. 



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