Author(s): Clive Small; Tom Gilling
"Each year at least $10 billion is laundered in and through Australia. Much of this money is derived from illicit drugs." Hooked on the limitless profits of the drug trade, organized crime has grown so powerful that it now poses a major threat to Australia's national security. Clive Small and Tom Gilling show how Australian crime gangs, in partnership with violent international syndicates, have exploited lax law enforcement and corruption on the nation's waterfront to import narcotics on a vast scale from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The authors reveal for the first time the corrupt history of Mark Standen, the senior investigator at the New South Wales Crime Commission whose conviction on drug importation charges sparked Australia's biggest law-enforcement crisis since the Wood royal commission. In the process they expose the cover-ups, strategic blunders and missed opportunities that continue to make Australia a soft target for international drug traffickers. The Dark Side is a fierce and compelling expose of organised crime in Australia and Australia's multi-billion-dollar drug trade.
Clive Small is a former detective and Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Police. His investigations included the murder of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay, the Nugan Hand bank, the shooting of police officer Michael Drury, the murder of Cabramatta MP John Newman, and the backpacker murders which led to Ivan Milat being convicted. Tom Gilling's acclaimed novels, The Sooterkin, Miles McGinty and Dreamland have all been published in Australia, as well as in London and New York. His is also co-author of The Bagman: Final confessions of Jack Herbert. Clive and Tom Gilling are the authors of the highly successful Smack Express, Blood Money, and Betrayed.
Preface Acknowledgements About the authors Introduction 1. Ian Saxon syndicate 2. Benny's Bar 3. Bateman and Bateman 4. The big league 5. The dreams of Frankie Ballis 6. Painters, dockers and dealers 7. Vasso Ulic and the Balkan network 8. Blood relations 9. Gunner for hire 10. Little Jimmy Kinch 11. Mark Standen-a man on the make 12. Family friends 13. The game 14. Follow the money 15. Business partners 16. 'Hello sweetheart' 17. Radoslav 'Ray' Spadina and Adam Watt 18. The Dutch syndicates Afterword Bibliography Index