New report on drug “ice” shows organised crime heavily involved

New report on drug “ice” shows organised crime heavily involved

A new report by the Australian Crime Commission shows more than 60 per cent of Australia’s highest risk serious and organised crime targets are involved in the methylamphetamine market.

The Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan today released The Australian Methylamphetamine Market: the national picture which provides an unclassified intelligence picture of the Australian methylamphetamine market, including the increasing availability of crystal methylamphetamine (ice) and the involvement of serious and organised crime.

The report shows the price paid for methylamphetamine in Australia is among the highest in the world, making the importation of the drug and its precursor chemicals an attractive target for transnational crime groups.

Australian Crime Commission Chief Executive Officer, Chris Dawson, has launched the report alongside Minister Keenan in Canberra.

“More than 60 per cent of Australia’s highest risk serious and organised crime targets are using methylamphetamine as a source of profit to the detriment of the economic and social fabric of the Australian community,” Mr Dawson said.

“The use of this dangerous drug continues to emerge as a national and international problem, plaguing our communities and causing untold harm.”

The report also highlights a greater tendency toward poly-drug use across Australia’s illicit drug market, increasing the pool of methylamphetamine users.

“This report lays the ground work for a collective national response to this issue.”

“Everyone plays a role in the fight against illicit drugs—including governments, law enforcement, health, education, industry, non-government organisations and the community,” Mr Dawson said.

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