ANZ Bank is under investigation over an alleged drug trafficking network suspected of operating out of its central Melbourne branch.
Fourteen staff members have lost their jobs as an investigation into the suspected drug ring by the Australian Federal Police stretches into its third month, the Herald Sun reported on Friday.
The bank’s internal email servers have been studied as part of the police probe. Employees allegedly used code words to buy and sell drugs.
Seven staff are suspected of drug dealing, while seven are alleged to have purchased illegal substances, the newspaper said.
The drug investigation focused on staff working at the collections department in ANZ’s city office at 530 Collins Street before they moved to South Melbourne earlier this year.
An ANZ spokesman told the newspaper the bank is cooperating fully with the police.
"We’re treating the matter very seriously and we’re shocked it was happening within our organisation," he said.
And the little fish will be fried whilst the infrastructure, ie the illegality of drugs, will remain the same, hence, profitability and the continuance of
the black market economy ……………….. Decriminilisation and Pharmacutical outlets issuance with registration of consumers for O H and S reasons
is a real answer to secure monies for needed infrastructure for our childrens future requirements,