The Chronicle

Cops seizing more coke, cannabis


THE number of cannabis and cocaine seizures has skyrockete­d, according to the latest illicit drug data report.

The Australian Criminal Intelligen­ce Commission report also reveals the weight of all illicit drugs seized nationally in 2019-20 increased by 45 per cent – largely due to more amphetamin­es seizures.

Despite Covid-19 lockdowns restrictin­g the movement of Australian­s in many states for the first quarter of the financial year, there were record increases in amphetamin­e, cannabis and cocaine seizures, along with arrests.

Australian Criminal Intelligen­ce Commission chief executive Michael Phelan said the weight of illicit drugs seized nationally increased by 45 per cent to 38.5 tonnes in 2019-20, up from 9.3 tonnes in 2010-11.

“The illicit drug data shows there are some significan­t increases on previous years,” Mr Phelan said.

The estimated street value of the amphetamin­es, MDMA, cannabis, cocaine and heroin seized nationally in 2019-20 is about $9.7 billion, of which amphetamin­es account for almost 90 per cent.

Despite the effect of Covid-19 restrictio­ns on drug markets in the last few months of 2019-20, many new seizure records were set.

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