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New data shows Australia’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies are arresting more criminals and seizing more illicit drugs than ever before.


Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Parry said this is significant for all parts of Australia from inner cities, to regional areas like Circular Head.


“The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Illicit Drug Data Report 2015-16 provides government, law enforcement and stakeholders with a national picture of Australia’s illicit drug market,” Senator Parry said.


“In Tasmania cannabis continues to account for the greatest proportion of drug-related arrests and the number and weight of illicit drugs seized.  There were 1,452 cannabis arrests this reporting period, with 1,908 cannabis seizures in 2015–16, weighing a total of 195.4 kilograms.”


The data shows that the international mail stream was the primary importation method by number for cannabis detections, while air cargo was the primary importation method by weight.


The report also reveals that national illicit drug seizures increased by nine per cent to 115,421 and arrests increased by 15.4 per cent to a record 154,538 arrests in 2015-16 compared to the previous year.


Senator Parry, a former police officer and detective with continuing strong links to national and international law enforcement, said Australia’s law enforcement agencies are among the best in the world and their success sends the strongest possible message to the criminals who deal drugs.


“And while arrests are on the increase, we must also keep working to reduce demand,” Senator Parry said.


“This is why the Federal Government is investing almost $300 million to support actions resulting from the National Ice Action Strategy to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention and community engagement.”


The Illicit Drug Data Report 2015-16 report can be viewed HERE

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