Australian Federal Police joins fight in Mexican drug war

15:46, June 17, 2011      

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Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus on Friday said an officer has been sent to Los Angeles of U.S. to work with authorities to combat Mexican drug syndicates.

Negus said Mexican cartels see Australia as a ripe target for cocaine because of demand and also the high value of the dollar.

"We continue to try to address problems as they arise and before they arise by being proactive and working with our international partners," he told parliament in Canberra on Friday.

"We do remain an attractive target. The mark-ups in a dollar value are significant and I think we've got a significant problem for a number of years to come with cocaine."

Negus said another police officer is also working with the FBI and other authorities in the United States to address the problems.

Parts of Mexico, particularly near the U.S. border, have seen a rise in suspected drug violence, with more than 37,000 deaths blamed on drug gangs since the launch of a military crackdown on organized crime at the end of 2006.

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