Innocent bystanders killed by stray bullets in gang shootouts are listed.
Then Masters concludes with a neat summary of the role of drug prohibition in all this:
Most often the fighting is down to distribution rights, with the drug trade a common denominator.And the long-awaited Underbelly 3 - The Golden Mile, set in Kings Cross, debuts this Sunday, Channel 9 8.30. It gets a rave review plus some great Kings Cross footage on The Australian site here.
The Australian market is, by international standards, lucrative.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, a gram of cocaine that sells for $97 in the US attracts $285 in Australia. Police recently observed one transaction of precursor chemicals originally offered at $120,000 a box soon after selling for double that sum.
While overall homicide rates have trended down over the years, the rate of violence attributed to organised crime remains steady.