Illicit drug data report https://www.acic.gov.au/ en A record 38.5 tonnes of illicit drugs seized in Australia in 2019–20 https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/record-385-tonnes-illicit-drugs-seized-australia-2019-20 <span>A record 38.5 tonnes of illicit drugs seized in Australia in 2019–20</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Olivia</span></span> <span>Tue, 2021-10-19 15:41</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-10-20T12:00:00Z">20 October 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released the 18th edition of the <em>Illicit Drug Data Report</em>, which continues to provide an authoritative picture of illicit drugs in Australia. Illicit drug data collected and presented in the report includes arrest, detection, seizure, purity, profiling and price data.</p> <p><span><span>“The illicit drug data shows some significant increases on previous years, which is of considerable concern<span>,” Mr Phelan said.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>T<span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">he </span>estimated street value of the weight of amphetamines, MDMA, cannabis, cocaine and heroin seized nationally in 2019–20 is around $9.7 billion, of which amphetamines accounts for nearly 90 per cent.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Our job at the ACIC is to identify the most serious risks that pose the greatest harm and provide law enforcement and other agencies with the information they need to most effectively <span>remove drugs and high-risk offenders from the community,” Mr Phelan said.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Despite the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on drug markets in the last few months of 2019–20, many new records were set this reporting period. These include:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">5.2 tonnes of ATS (excluding MDMA) detected at the Australian border</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">12.8 tonnes of ATS seized nationally</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">10.6 tonnes of cannabis seized nationally</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">121,274 national illicit drug seizures</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">39,204 national ATS seizures</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">62,454 national cannabis seizures</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">2,230 national heroin seizures</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">5,750 national cocaine seizures</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">166,321 national illicit drug arrests</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">49,638 national ATS arrests</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">5,393 national cocaine arrests.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>“The Australian illicit drug market remains highly lucrative, with growing demand for a wide variety of substances. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The trade in illicit drugs continues to be the principal source of profit for serious and organised crime in our country, with criminals at the centre motivated by power and greed.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">“Despite the harm it causes to families and the broader community, Australians continue to line the pockets of organised crime groups who are deliberately targeting our country,” Mr Phelan said.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>While th<span>e emergence of COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions, both domestically and internationally, may have impacted drug market trends, for this reporting period:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>the ATS market remains large and shows some signs of potential expansion</span></span></li> <li><span><span>the cannabis market remains large and is potentially expanding</span></span></li> <li><span><span>the heroin market remains small but appears to be expanding</span></span></li> <li><span><span>the cocaine market continued to expand.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>The market for other drugs remains small compared to the above markets, however there are signs that the market for hallucinogens continues to expand, with the market for GHB/GBL and 1-4 butanediol (1,4-BD) also expanding. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“</span>The ACIC continues to monitor emerging markets in addition to the highest risk drug markets. <span>In th</span>is report we also feature GHB, GBL and 1,4-BD <span>markets which are dynamic and show significant potential for expansion</span>. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Based on bespoke data included in this report, there was a record number and weight of these drugs seized this reporting period, and a record number of GHB/GBL clandestine laboratories detected in 2019–20<span>,” Mr Phelan said.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span> “Along with our domestic and international law enforcement partners, we will continue to reduce the availability of illicit drugs in our country by dismantling importation and production capabilities and disrupting distribution networks. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“This is so <span><span>we can have a community that is less burdened by the impact of illicit drugs, including crime, illness, injury and death.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>“I am proud of the<span><span> depth and breadth of work in which modern law enforcement is engaged, however l</span></span>aw enforcement is only one aspect of the effort needed to minimise the harm caused by illicit drugs in Australia.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“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><span>This report contains data and analysis provided by federal, state and territory police, as well as forensic laboratories and the Department of Home Affairs. These agencies provide significant contributions to each report and their expertise and experience, along with their continued support, have been invaluable to the ACIC.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The <em><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Illicit Drug Data Report 2019–20</span></em> is available at <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/"><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">www.acic.gov.au</span></a></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>ACIC Media</span></span></strong><br /> <span><span>02 6268 7343</span></span><br /> <a href="mailto:media@acic.gov.au"><span><span><span>media@acic.gov.au</span></span></span></a></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Note to media:</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Media are encouraged to include help-seeking information in stories about illicit drugs to minimise any negative impact on people in the community. The following services provide people with access to support and information.</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Access <a href="https://www.counsellingonline.org.au/">free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online</a>.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>For information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or support, go to the <a href="https://www.turningpoint.org.au/">Turning Point website</a>.</span></span></li> </ul> </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> Tue, 19 Oct 2021 04:41:34 +0000 Olivia 799 at https://www.acic.gov.au 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