Australian ice woes ‘ worst in the world’
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.