AFP make five arrests in bid to stop customs corruption

FEDERAL Police have arrested five more people in their bid to stamp out widespread corruption at Sydney's International Airport.

Two of those alleged to be part of a crime syndicate importing drugs into Australia were customs officers.

The men, aged 30 and 38, are accused of taking bribes in exchange for turning a blind eye to the importation of pseudoephedrine and dealing in proceeds of crime worth more than $100,000.

AFP detectives have also linked the June arrest of two men accused of bring 40kg of pseudoephedrine into Australia, to the syndicate.

Australia's border security has been under a cloud since police revealed corruption was rife at Sydney check points.

At the time, eight people, including three commonwealth officials, were charged with a range of corruption and drug importation offences.

Tuesday's raids brought the total number of arrests to 17.

AFP Commissioner Tony Negus said the additional arrests were a testament to the AFP's commitment to working with ACLEI to target corruption.

"The AFP and ACLEI will continue to dismantle this organised crime syndicate and pursue its network across the full continuum of their activity," Commissioner Negus said.

"The AFP and ACLEI's investigation remains ongoing and with our combined resources, further arrests are expected."

Topics:  afp corruption crime customs drugs police

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