WA third on list of ice seizures

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ICE seizures in WA are the third-highest in the country, with more than 600kg of the life-destroying drug taken off the streets in the past four years.

The Federal Government will release new figures today showing that WA is behind only NSW and Victoria in the amount of the damaging methamphetamine drug seized by authorities across the country.

Of the 12-tonne haul, more than eight tonnes has come from NSW, three tonnes from Victoria and 618kg from WA, representing millions of doses of the drug with an estimated street value of $600 million.

Last year, law enforcement agencies prevented almost 300kg from reaching WA users, representing about 10 per cent of the total amount seized and almost four times the State’s 2013 haul.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the figures showed authorities were succeeding in their efforts to crack down on the illegal methamphetamine trade.

“Targeted investments and initiatives are putting a major dent in the scourge of ice in Australia,” he said.

A report studying waste water sites across Australia found that city and regional sites in WA had ice usage far above national averages.

Police estimate that West Australians are consuming more than two tonnes of the drug each year at a cost of more than $2 billion, with Bunbury identified as the meth capital of the State.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said combating supply and demand for the“insidious drug” was a national priority.

“The Coalition Government has made significant investments in policing our borders and our streets to combat the supply of ice at its source, and to break the ice dealers’ business model by curbing demand,” he said.

“In WA alone our law enforcement officers have continued to crack down on this insidious drug market, making record arrests and record seizures.”

Mr Turnbull attributed the successful drug haul in part to the work of Taskforce Blaze, a joint agency taskforce involving the Australian Federal Police and the Chinese National Narcotics Control Commission, which has intercepted more than 10 tonnes of illicit drugs in the past 18 months.

The National Anti-Gangs Squad has also resulted in the seizure of more than 170kg of ice. In WA, there have been 275 seizures of the drug since 2013, compared with 1720 in NSW, 706 in Victoria and 247 in Queensland.

Only 33kg of the drug has been seized in the Northern Territory and 117kg in South Australia.



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