This snapshot describe the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of illicit drug offences involving amphetamines.
Summary: In 2009-2010, 2,397 offenders were convicted of illicit drug offences involving amphetamines. The majority (70.9%) were convicted of using or possessing amphetamines, while nearly a quarter were convicted of dealing or trafficking amphetamines. The most common penalty imposed on an offender convicted of using or possessing amphetamine was a fine. For higher level supply offences, including importing, manufacturing or dealing amphetamine, the vast majority of convicted offenders received a custodial sentence. For those convicted of deal/ traffic and use/possess offences, the likelihood of being imprisoned increased with the number of prior convictions and for those who had prior drug convictions that resulted in a custodial sentence. Among those imprisoned, the average aggregate sentence for manufacturing amphetamine was 61 months, with an average minimum term of 38.4 months. The average aggregate sentence for dealing or trafficking amphetamines was 42.4 months, with an average minimum term of 24 months. In contrast, the average aggregate sentence for using or possessing amphetamines was 6.1 months, with an average minimum term of 5.2 months.