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Operation Pallinup - An investigation into the potential involvement of an unknown officer at Sydney Airport in the importation of illegal tobacco

Operation Pallinup was an investigation by ACLEI into an allegation that an unknown officer at Sydney airport had been paid $100,000 to assist the facilitation of a container ‘through Customs, without being detected’. Despite numerous lines of enquiries being pursued, no individual was identified under ACLEI’s jurisdiction to whom the allegations relate. On that basis, no corruption findings were made by the Integrity Commissioner. As a result of the investigation, ACLEI disseminated Information Reports to relevant law enforcement partners to assist with the ongoing detection of illegal tobacco importations.