NEWS

OCEANIA

Countries in Oceania had considerable success last year in fighting the drug trade. Far less heroin is now available in Australia following successful operations against international drug rings smuggling heroin into the country from southeast Asia. There were also fewer deaths attributed to heroin use, and large quantities of ecstasy pills were seized in Australia and New Zealand. Progress was made in adopting legislation against money laundering in several countries in the region, although the phenomenon continues to be a problem in the Pacific nations of Fiji, the Cook and Marshall islands, Nauru and Niue.