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Illicit drug data report 2011-12

20 May 2013
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The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) Illicit Drug Data Report 2011–12 provides a snapshot of the Australian illicit drug market. The report combines illicit drug data from a variety of sources including law enforcement, health and academia. The Illicit Drug Data Report is the only report of its type in Australia and provides an important evidence base to assist decision-makers in the development of strategies to combat the threat posed by illicit drugs.

Over the last decade, cannabis has remained the dominant illicit drug in the Australian market in terms of use, seizures and arrests. Other prominent drug types in the Australian market are amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and ‘other and unknown’ drugs.

The number of illicit drugs seized nationally continues to increase, with 76 083 seizures in 2011–12, the highest reported in the last decade. Illicit drug related arrests are also the highest reported in the last decade, with 93 148 arrests in 2011–12.

In 2011–12, a record 23.8 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized nationally, a 154 per cent increase from the 9.3 tonnes seized in 2010–11. A single 11 tonne seizure of hypophosphorous acid 2 in New South Wales contributed to this significant increase in weight. As a direct consequence of this seizure, other and unknown drugs accounts for 56.8 per cent of the weight of national illicit drug seizures this reporting period.

Key findings:

  • the number and weight of ATS (excluding MDMA) border detections increased and are the highest reported in the last decade
  • the number and weight of national ATS seizures increased, with the number the highest reported in the last decade
  • a record number of cannabis border detections, with seeds continuing to account for the majority of detections
  • the number and weight of national cannabis seizures increased, with the number the highest reported in the last decade
  • the prominent source region for analysed heroin border seizures has fluctuated over the years between South-East Asia and South-West Asia
  • the number and weight of national heroin seizures increased
  • profiling of analysed border seizures indicates Colombia as the predominant source region for cocaine seized at the Australian border
  • the number and weight of national cocaine seizures increased, with the weight the highest reported in the last decade
  • the number of detections of performance and image enhancing drugs at the border increased and are the highest reported in the last decade the number and weight of national steroid seizures increased and are the highest reported in the last decade
  • a record 809 clandestine laboratories were detected, the majority of which were producing ATS (excluding MDMA)
  • in terms of size and production capacity, the majority of clandestine laboratories detected were small addict-based laboratories.
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