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DRUGS

There were 415 drug related offences reported in the ACT during 2005-06, a 34% decrease from the number reported in 2004-05 (628). Over three-quarters of offences reported in 2005-06 were for Possession or use of drugs (76% or 316 offences), followed by Deal and traffic in drugs (15% or 61 offences) and Manufacture and grow drugs (7% or 28 offences).

9.4 DRUG OFFENCES(a), ACT

2003-04
2004-05(b)
2005-06
Change from 2004-05 to 2005-06
no.
no.
no.
%

Possession or use of drugs
395
421
316
-25
Deal and traffic in drugs
100
131
61
-53
Manufacture and grow drugs
122
70
28
-60
Other drug offences
29
6
10
67
Total offences
646
628
415
-34

(a) Drug offences reported or becoming known to police.
(b) The data for 2004-05 are revised data from the ACT Policing, Annual Report, 2005-06.
ACT Policing, Annual Report, 2004-05; and ACT Policing, Annual Report, 2005-06.


There was a slight decrease in the total number of drug seizures in the ACT between 2004-05 (1,091 seizures) and 2005-06 (1,074 seizures). The drug seized most often in 2005-06 was Cannabis (473 seizures, or 44% of total drug seizures), followed by Amphetamines (207 seizures, or 19%).

9.5 DRUG SEIZURES IN THE ACT(a)(b)(c)

2003-04
2004-05(d)
2005-06
Seizures
Weight
Seizures
Weight
Seizures
Weight
Drug Type
no.
grams
no.
grams
no.
grams

Amphetamine
164
585
190
284
207
1 195
Cannabis
659
842 868
570
565 754
473
451 922
Cocaine
9
5
9
589
13
27
Heroin
96
268
51
84
41
40
Ketamine(e)
. .
. .
. .
. .
9
85
LSD(f)
-
-
2
. .
1
4
MDMA(g)
49
78
48
124
125
708
Other
203
1 438
195
13 270
189
5 556
Steroids(h)
14
394
26
178
16
. .
Total
1 194
. .
1 091
. .
1 074
. .

. . not applicable
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes seizures awaiting analysis to confirm both weights and the presence of the illegal substance.
(b) Recorded weights and drug types may differ from those previously recorded. Net weight confirmed has been used where available, otherwise net weight estimated has been used. The weight value indicated may also include packaging.
(c) ACT Policing Drug Registry figures differ from those prepared for the Australian Federal Police as a whole. The ACT Drug Registry counts each individual drug package seized, whereas the national figures combine like drugs together.
(d) The 2004-05 data are revised data from the ACT Policing, Annual Report, 2005-06.
(e) Seizures of ketamine were first recorded in ACT Policing's drug statistics in 2005-06
(f) Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. Not all LSD samples are weighed as the drug may be impregnated in another maedium, e.g. paper
(g) Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, an amphetamine analogue generally known as 'ecstacy'
(h) Not all steroids are weighed due to the majority of steroids being suspended in liquid
ACT Policing, Annual Report, 2004-05; and ACT Policing, Annual Report, 2005-06.


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