Aus­tralian ice woes ‘ worst in the world’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIA’S ice prob­lem could be the worst in the world, ac­cord­ing to Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan.

While ice con­tin­ues to be a risk to the na­tion and is the most dan­ger­ous of il­le­gal drugs, fig­ures show it re­mains the most pop­u­lar.

“This is a di­a­bol­i­cal drug,” Mr Keenan said.

“Aus­tralia has prob­a­bly the most sig­nif­i­cant ice prob­lem in the world.”

He said high prices for il­licit drugs in Aus­tralia had made the na­tion an at­trac­tive mar­ket for or­gan­ised crime.

The av­er­age street price of ice in China is $ 100 a gram com­pared to $ 620 in Aus­tralia, based on UN fig­ures, lead­ing to a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the amount and pu­rity of ice smug­gled into Aus­tralia.

Mr Keenan said that Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice had be­gun fight­ing the drug at its source and were now work­ing with the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties with 13 tonnes of ice al­ready be­ing stopped in the past 18 months.

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