Illicit drug data report https://www.acic.gov.au/ en More than $3.5 billion of illicit drugs seized in Australia in 2018–19 https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/more-35-billion-illicit-drugs-seized-australia-2018-19 <span>More than $3.5 billion of illicit drugs seized in Australia in 2018–19</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kate</span></span> <span>Thu, 2020-09-24 10:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-09-30T12:00:00Z">30 September 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Today the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released the seventeenth edition of the <em>Illicit Drug Data Report</em>, which continues to provide an authoritative picture of illicit drugs in Australia.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The 2018–19 report shows that more than 26.6 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized nationally, with methylamphetamine remaining one of the most consumed and seized illicit drugs in Australia. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said the estimated street value of the weight of amphetamines, MDMA, cocaine and heroin seized nationally in 2018–19 is around $3.5 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to illicit drugs alone.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>In 2018–19 new records were set. These include:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>5.1 tonnes of amphetamine type stimulants (excluding MDMA) detected at the Australian border</span></span></li> <li><span><span>5,378 national cocaine seizures</span></span></li> <li><span><span>5,016 national cocaine arrests</span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">1,029 national hallucinogen arrests</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span>1,363 anaesthetic detections at the Australian border.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>Over the last decade, during which time the Australian population increased around 13 per cent, the number of national illicit drug seizures increased 77 per cent, the weight of illicit drugs seized nationally increased 241 per cent and the number of national illicit drug arrests increased 80 per cent with 153,377 arrests in 2018–19.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>“It would appear that Australian drug markets continue to grow. As such, the importation, manufacture, cultivation and distribution of illicit drugs and related precursors in Australia remain focal points of government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies,” said Mr Phelan.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">“These upward trends in national seizures and arrests highlight the continued vigilance of law enforcement in reducing the supply of all illicit drugs. They also highlight why illicit drugs continue to be a concern for law enforcement and the wider community, and the ongoing need to reduce demand.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>This report combines illicit drug data from a variety of sources including law enforcement, forensic services, health and academia which inform our understanding and assist in focusing our collective efforts to respond to the issue of illicit drugs.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Our agency, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue serious and organised criminals seeking to bring these dangerous drugs to Australia and those who cultivate and manufacture them domestically.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“We also recognise illicit drugs are not just a law enforcement issue. We need to employ a holistic approach that focuses on supply, demand and harm reduction, with law enforcement and health agencies working together” Mr Phelan said.</span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The <em>Illicit Drug Data Report 2018–19</em> is available at <span><u><a href="http://www.acic.gov.au">www.acic.gov.au</a></u></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>ACIC Media</strong><br /> 02 6268 7343<br /> <a class="spamspan" href="mailto:media@acic.gov.au">media@acic.gov.au</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drug-data-report" hreflang="en">Illicit drug data report</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:42:30 +0000 Kate 698 at https://www.acic.gov.au Report highlights Australia’s illicit drugs threat https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/report-highlights-australias-illicit-drugs-threat <span>Report highlights Australia’s illicit drugs threat</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 09:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2018-09-17T12:00:00Z">17 September 2018</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released the fifteenth edition of the <em>Illicit Drug Data Report</em> today.</p> <p>“The Illicit Drug Data Report brings together data from a wide range of sources into the one unique report,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“It’s the only report of its kind in Australia and provides an important evidence base to assess current and future illicit drug trends.”</p> <p>The 2016–17 report includes arrest, detection, seizure, purity, profiling and price data.</p> <p>This reporting period saw 113,533 national drug seizures, a record 27.4 tonnes seized and a record 154,650 national drug arrests.</p> <p>“The report shows that drug markets in Australia remain resilient, with enduring demand for illicit drugs, particularly illicit stimulants. Of particular note this reporting period are changes in cocaine indicators, which point to an expansion of the market,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“Illicit drugs are not just a law enforcement issue—we need to employ a holistic approach that focuses on supply, demand and harm reduction.”</p> <p>“By enhancing our shared understanding of illicit drug markets and changes within these markets, we can better target our collective efforts to address drug use in our country and the harm it causes.”</p> <p>For the first time, some of the information and data from the Illicit Drug Data Report will be made available on the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Crime Statistics Australia website. This will provide greater accessibility to the unique and valuable data contained in the report.</p> <p>The <em>Illicit Drug Data Report 2016–17</em> is available online at <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/media-release" hreflang="en">Media release</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drug-data-report" hreflang="en">Illicit drug data report</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 23:52:54 +0000 Stephen 442 at https://www.acic.gov.au A record 30.6 tonnes of Illicit Drugs Seized in Australia in 2017–18 https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/record-306-tonnes-illicit-drugs-seized-australia-2017-18 <span>A record 30.6 tonnes of Illicit Drugs Seized in Australia in 2017–18</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Mon, 2020-08-10 09:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-08-06T12:00:00Z">06 August 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released the sixteenth edition of the <em>Illicit Drug Data Report</em> today, which continues to provide an authoritative picture of illicit drugs in Australia.</p> <p>The 2017–18 report shows a record 30.6 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized nationally, with methylamphetamine remaining one of the most consumed and seized illicit drugs in Australia.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said serious and organised criminals are at the centre of Australia’s illicit drug market, motivated by greed, power and profit.</p> <p>“The estimated street value of the weight of amphetamines, MDMA, cocaine and heroin seized nationally in 2017–18 is nearly $5 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to illicit drugs alone,” said Mr Phelan.</p> <p>“We know serious and organised crime groups continue to generate significant profits from the sale of illicit substances, with the price paid for illicit drugs in Australia among the highest in the world.”</p> <p>This report combines illicit drug data from a variety of sources including law enforcement, forensic services, health and academia which inform our understanding and assist in focusing our collective efforts to respond to the issue of illicit drugs.</p> <p>Other records reported in 2017–18 include 5,096 national cocaine seizures, 4,325 national cocaine arrests, 22 clandestine laboratories detected nationally producing GHB/GBL, 17,383 cannabis detections and 4,912 kilograms of ATS (excluding MDMA) precursors detected at the Australian border.</p> <p>“Illicit drug use cannot be addressed by law enforcement alone­, a multi-faceted approach is needed,” said Mr Phelan.</p> <p>“The risk and harm posed by illicit drugs to the Australian community is ever growing, which underscores the need for law enforcement and health agencies to work collaboratively to combat both the supply and demand for illicit drugs in Australia.”</p> <p>The <em>Illicit Drug Data Report 2017–18</em> is available at <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drug-data-report" hreflang="en">Illicit drug data report</a></div> </div> Sun, 09 Aug 2020 23:53:37 +0000 Stephen 342 at https://www.acic.gov.au