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Albanian mafia figures have been linked to a multimillionaire truck company owner who plunged to his death in an Adelaide shipping yard this month.
Law enforcement sources told The Age they were investigating whether Melbourne trucking boss Troy Kellett had been liaising with an Albanian mafia syndicate before his death.
Melbourne trucking boss Troy Kellett died after falling from a stack of shipping containers in South Australia.
Kellett died after falling from a stack of shipping containers in Adelaide’s Outer Harbour docklands after midnight on July 9. Police provided first aid but he died at the scene.
On the day of the incident, South Australian police said the death of the logistics company owner was not deemed suspicious.
“It is not believed the man was employed at the site,” SA Police said.
“As part of the police investigation, two other men have been arrested in relation to being unlawfully on the premises and have further been charged with firearms offences unrelated to the incident.”
Law enforcement agents, requesting anonymity to protect the integrity of their investigation, said they were probing whether Kellett may have been hired, directed or pressured to assist an Albanian mafia cell seeking to import narcotics into Australia, which could explain why he was at the shipping yard.
This masthead does not suggest Kellett was engaged in criminal activity, only that detectives are investigating a possible link.
In a tribute posted on social media, his daughter Demi Deksnis said she was heartbroken by the sudden loss. “Thank you for always being the best man in our lives. I couldn’t have asked for a better Dad,” she wrote.
Kellett’s family was contacted for comment.
Shipping containers for import and export are seen at a terminal in Outer Harbour, Adelaide. Credit: AAP
Kellett was not facing any obvious financial pressures. Days before his death, he had finalised the sale of his business, Kellett Australia, and received a multimillion-dollar windfall. According to its website, the company was founded in 1998 and specialises in the transport of containers.
The mystery surrounding Kellett’s death comes as state and federal agencies deal with an influx of drug importations linked to the Albanian mafia. Police are scrambling to identify suspected Balkan crime figures entering Australia via plane, often with fake identification.
A joint state and federal organised crime taskforce recently arrested an alleged Melbourne-based Albanian drug importer and charged him with serious offences. But investigators also linked the man to 16 previous importations that had passed Australia’s borders undetected.
On Saturday, this masthead revealed how violent crime syndicates run by Albanians on temporary visas have so successfully exploited holes in the country’s border security and migration system that they are now challenging bikie gangs for control of Australia’s lucrative cocaine market.
The revelations come as part of the Home Truths series by this masthead and 60 Minutes that has unearthed significant evidence suggesting Australia’s Home Affairs Department has catastrophically failed in two of its core duties: preventing criminal infiltration of Australia and management of offshore processing.
State and federal law enforcement officials have issued repeated warnings in confidential reports circulated to Home Affairs that the Albanian mafia has rorted the migration system for more than a decade to build powerful criminal enterprises.
Confidential files seen by this masthead show that in December 2020, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission warned Home Affairs officials that Albanian organised crime was posing a high threat to Australia given its ability to exploit migration programs and there was a pressing “need to make Australia less palatable” to Albanian gangsters.
The commission concluded that the Albanian mafia had become proficient at the “exploitation of Australia’s migration programs as a means to gain entry and remain onshore” and was backed by professional people-smuggling syndicates expert in the exploitation of visa programs, including student, asylum seeker and partner visas.
The revelations added to evidence previously documented by this masthead and in the Nixon inquiry – which concluded in March, but which the Albanese government has declined to release – that shows the nation’s visa system has been exploited by drug and sex traffickers.
The Nixon inquiry conducted by former Victoria Police chief commissioner Christine Nixon was called by Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil after the Trafficked series by this masthead revealed how human traffickers were rorting the migration system with impunity.
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