One of the beliefs that is (or at least used to be) influential in discussions about the War on Drugs is that, if only the Mr Big(s) at the top of the distribution chain could be caught, the problem of illegal drugs could be controlled. The Melbourne gangland wars provide an ideal test of this idea. The leading gangsters did a better job eliminating each other than any police force has ever managed and most of the survivors are in jail or on the run. So, at least for a while, drug crime ought to be under control if Mr Bigs count for anything.
According to this story in The Age, the opposite is true. The void created by the war is rapidly being filled. Takeaway quote
Police say the profits from drug trafficking mean little-known criminals can became major influences in months.
In most cases, gangsters like those involved in the gangland wars don’t facilitate the illegal drug trade, they tax it.