Statistics on illicit drug offences

2009-10** 2008-09 2007-08
Number of Seizures Weight (g) Number of Seizures Weight (g) Number of Seizures Weight (g)
Amphetamine and ATS 764 143,312 511 342,783 540 291,935
MDMA 115 9,985 67 107,661 119 190,839
Cocaine 367 128,783 374 572,931 730 666,725
Precursors 50 406,021 50 1,816,804 56 1,167,821
Heroin 332 130,667 326 201,895 383 120,422
Cannabis 1825 683,465 1,084 36,399 851 23,349
Hallucinogen 31 866 27 351 35 5,278
Sedatives 32 73,696 50 3,334,894 71 21,293
Other 333 70,612 104 468,623 55 10,709
Pharmaceutical 145 9,443 32 698 540 1,288

**Correct as at 31 May 2010

Amphetamine

Significant Results

  • In July 2008, 848 kilograms of pseudoephedrine was seized in Sydney from Thailand. Three males were arrested.
  • In August 2008, 662kgs of pseudoephedrine concealed within cardboard boxes purporting to contain fruit juice was seized in Sydney imported from Thailand. Four males were arrested.
  • In October 2008, 6.2 kilograms of ephedrine/pseudo-ephedrine was seized in Adelaide from India concealed within five plastic barrels. One male was arrested.
  • In November 2008, 80 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized in Sydney from Hong Kong concealed within packages of rubber gloves. Three males were arrested.
  • In February 2009, 26kgs of methamphetamine was seized in Sydney from Hong Kong. One male was arrested.
  • In March 2009, 21.7 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized in Sydney from Canada secreted within a foosball table. One male arrested.
  • In May 2009, 70 kilograms of pseudoephedrine was seized in Sydney concealed in a storage container. One male was arrested.
  • In June 2009, 1.3 tonnes of a precursor was seized in Sydney concealed in drums in a shipping container. Six men were arrested.

Significant Sentencing

  • In December 2008, an Australian male was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Brisbane for conspiracy to import 10 kilograms of pseudoephedrine from Colombia. In January, February and March three other males from the Czech Republic and Turkey were sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the same conspiracy.
  • In May 2009, an Australian male was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in Sydney for conspiracy to manufacture a commercial quantity of amphetamines. A second Australian male was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the same conspiracy.
  • In July 2009, a male was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for importing 25 kilograms of methamphetamine into Sydney. The methamphetamine was concealed in candles in glass jars.
  • In July 2009, three males were sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and 1 male was sentenced to 10.5 years imprisonment for importation of 9.3 kilograms o pseudoephedrine via air cargo.
  • In December 2009, 2 Australian based males were sentenced to 12 years and 9 years imprisonment for conspiracy to import phenyl2propanone, importing phenyl2propanone and attempt to possess methylamphetamine. The drugs were concealed in consignments from Canada.
  • In March 2010, two Chinese Nationals, and three Cambodian Nationals were sentenced to a total of 90 years imprisonment and $57k in fines for possession of precursor chemicals used in illicit clandestine drug production for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Heroin

Significant Results

  • In January 2009, 13 kilograms of heroin was seized in Sydney. Three males were arrested.
  • In March 2009, 20 kilograms of heroin was seized in Melbourne from Pakistan secreted within rugs. Two males were arrested.
  • In March 2009, 9.2 kilograms of heroin was seized in Sydney. The heroin was secreted within three metal rollers.

Significant Sentencing

  • In October 2008, a Dutch male was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment in Sydney for importing 253.1 grams of pure heroin from Kuala Lumpur. The heroin was concealed internally.
  • In December 2008, a Spanish male was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in Perth after a reduced sentence for an early guilty plea for importing 1977.7 grams of heroin from Spain.
  • In December 2008, a Nigerian male was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Cairns for importing 671.6 grams of heroin from Japan. The heroin was concealed internally.
  • In February 2009, a Cambodian female was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in Sydney for organising seven couriers to import 1,184.4 grams of pure heroin internally from Cambodia.
  • In April 2009, a Malaysian female was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Sydney for importing 855.7 grams of heroin from Ho Chi Minh City. The heroin was concealed within luggage.
  • In April 2009, an Australian male was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Sydney for importing 600 grams of heroin from Vietnam. The heroin was concealed internally.
  • In June 2009, an Australian female was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in Sydney for the importation of 2.6 kilograms of heroin from Vietnam. The heroin was concealed within heat sealed bags labelled 'Honey Chrysanthemum Drink'.
  • In August 2009, a Singaporean male was sentenced to 11 years 3 months imprisonment for importing 4.3 kilograms of heroin from Kuala Lumpur. The heroin was concealed in food items.
  • In August 2009, a Vietnamese male was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months imprisonment for receiving shipment of 105 kilograms of heroin from China and arranging for its transport to a warehouse in Sydney. The heroin was concealed within the rooves of two shipping containers.
  • In October 2009, a Malaysian female was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for importing 2.5 kilograms of heroin from Hong Kong. The heroin was concealed in the base of her suitcase.
  • In December 2009, a Malaysian female of Chinese decent was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for importing 3.8 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia. The drugs were concealed in her luggage.
  • In December 2009, a Malaysian male was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for importing 1 kilogram of heroin for Kuala Lumpur. The heroin was concealed in his luggage.
  • In February 2010, an Australian male was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for importing 1.1 kilograms of heroin from Tanzania and Dubai. The heroin was secreted within the lining of a black cabin trolley suitcase.
  • In April 2010, a Malaysian male was sentenced to 9 years 4 months imprisonment for importing 1.3 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia. The heroin was concealed in the base of his suitcase.

Cocaine

Significant Investigations

  • In November 2008, 64.6.kilograms of cocaine was seized in Los Angles which originated in Mexico and was intended for Melbourne. The cocaine was concealed within concrete cylinders. One female and two males were arrested.
  • In December 2008, 9.98 kilograms of cocaine was seized in Sydney from Mexico via Panama concealed inside forklift batteries. One male was arrested.
  • In April 2009, 9 kilograms of cocaine was seized in Sydney from Canada secreted within wheel rims. One male arrested.
  • In May 2009 8 kilograms of cocaine was seized in Brisbane from the United States of America secreted within Disney chocolate boxes. Two males were arrested.

Significant Sentencing

  • In September 2008, a Canadian male was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in Sydney for receiving and unpacking 18 kilograms of cocaine from Canada.
  • In November 2008, a Nigerian male was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in Sydney for importing 976.4 grams of cocaine from San Francisco, United States of America. The cocaine was concealed internally.
  • In November 2008, one Australian male was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment; and a second Australian male was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in Sydney for conspiracy to import 26kgs of cocaine from Auckland, New Zealand. The cocaine was concealed within metal "hull attachments' located in ocean-going vessels.
  • In December 2008, a Colombian male was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and a Samoan male was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in Brisbane for importing 21 kilograms of cocaine from Panama. The cocaine was concealed within electronic equipment.
  • In February 2009, an Australian male was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Sydney for importing 318.2 grams of cocaine from Los Angeles, United States of America. The cocaine was concealed internally.
  • In February 2009, a South African male was sentenced to 8.5 years imprisonment in Sydney for importing 4.02 kilograms of cocaine from Johannesburg. The cocaine was concealed within photo frames.
  • In March 2009, a German male was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in Brisbane for importing 1904.6 grams of pure cocaine from Argentina. The cocaine was concealed within luggage.
  • In April 2009, an Australian male was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in Sydney for supplying 3 kilograms of cocaine.
  • In May 2009, an American female was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in Sydney for importing 636.7 grams of pure cocaine from Amsterdam. The cocaine was concealed with a wig.
  • In June 2009, a Canadian female was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in Brisbane for importing 3.4 kilograms of cocaine from Colombia. The cocaine was concealed with her luggage.
  • In July 2009, a male was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for his involvement in conspiracy to import 89 kilograms of cocaine from Colombia. The cocaine was on board ocean-going vessels.
  • In July 2009, a Colombian male was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for importing of 35 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico. The cocaine was impregnated into the rims of 21 pots in a large shipment.
  • In August 2009, a male and a female were sentenced to 11.5 years, and 9 years for attempt to possess 250 kilograms of cocaine from China.
  • In August 2009, a Sydney male was sentenced to 24.5 years imprisonment for possession and supply of cocaine.
  • In November 2009, a Californian male was sentenced to 8 years 9 months imprisonment for importing 4 kilograms of cocaine from Los Angeles. The cocaine was located within four packages secreted in two suitcases.
  • In December 2009, a Mexican male was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for conspiracy to import 64.6 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico. The cocaine was concealed within four cylinders amongst various pots and planters in two forty foot sea containers.

MDMA

Significant Investigations

  • In May 2008, 46 kilograms of Cocaine; 27 kilograms of Ice and 93 kilograms of MDMA was seized in Melbourne from Canada located within spa chairs. Four males and two females were arrested.
  • In May 2008, 15 kilograms of cocaine and 12.5 kg of Ice was concealed within metal batteries was seized in Sydney from Canada. One female was arrested.
  • In June 2008, 124 kilograms of Cocaine; 66 kilograms of Ice and 121 kilograms of MDMA was seized in Melbourne from Canada located in forty-six boxes containing massage chairs and foot spas. Four males were arrested.

Significant Sentencing

  • In June 2009, two men were sentenced in the Brisbane District Court to life imprisonment and 22 years imprisonment for their involvement in the 2006 seizure of 135.7 kilograms of cocaine and 33.1 kilograms of MDMA tablets. A previous commercial importation of drugs was also identified as having occurred in May 2006 and consisted of approximately 4 kilograms of cocaine and what has been identified as at least 265,230 MDMA tablets.
  • In July 2009, a European male was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months imprisonment for sending packages containing 26 kilograms of MDMA to Australia from the United Kingdom. The MDMA was packaged and sent via post.
  • In December 2009, a male was sentenced to life imprisonment for importing 371 kilograms of MDMA from Canada. The MDMA was in a shipping container concealed in 180 cartons of printer ink.
  • In February 2010, a Serbian male was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for conspiracy to import 40 kilograms of MDMA.
  • In March 2010, an English female was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for importing of 26 kilograms of MDMA from the UK. The MDMA was intercepted by Customs Mail Handling Unit in Brisbane.
  • In March 2010, an Australian female was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for attempting to posses 26 kilograms of MDMA. The MDMA intercepted by Customs Mail Handling Unit in Brisbane.
  • In March 2010, four males were sentenced to a total of 73 years imprisonment for importing and conspiring to import commercial quantities of MDMA.

Other

Significant Sentencing

  • In July 2009, a Vietnamese female was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for attempt to import 45 kilograms of cocaine, 27 kilograms of ice, and 89 kilograms of MDMA from Canada. The items where concealed within a consignment of foot spas and massage chairs.
  • In July 2009, a male was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for importing cocaine and MDMA from Canada, Thailand and Europe. The drugs were concealed internally.
  • In August 2009, a Canadian female was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for importation of 13 kilograms of methylamphetamine and 11 kilograms of cocaine. The drugs were concealed within the battery case of an electric pallet jack and shipped via sea cargo.
  • In September 2009, an Indonesian male was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for importing 140 grams of Ice from Indonesia. The ice was concealed in his clothing.
  • In September 2009, a male was sentenced to 18.5 + 12.5 years for conspiracy to manufacture commercial quantity of amphetamine, and conspiracy to pre traffic a commercial quantity precursor (Safrole).
  • In November 2009, an Australian male was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for importing 33 kilograms of cocaine, and 16 kilograms of methamphetamine from Canada. The drugs were concealed within a consignment in foot spas.
  • In November 2009, a Canadian male was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for importing 29 kilograms methamphetamine, 71 kilograms cocaine and 9.7 kilograms MDMA from Canada. The drugs were found on a shipping container via sea cargo.
  • In December 2009, a Vietnamese female was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for attempt import 34 kilograms cocaine, and 17 kilograms methylamphetamine from Canada. The drugs were concealed within a consignment of foot spas.
  • In March 2010, a South East Asian male was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for attempt to import 166 kilograms of cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA. The drugs were concealed within a consignment of foot spas.