Forensic analysis of seized drugs provides valuable insight into purity levels, as well as identifying the route of synthesis for methylamphetamine and MDMA and the origin of heroin and cocaine in Australia.
The international mail stream continues to account for the greatest proportion of the number of illicit drug detections at the Australian border; however, the importation stream accounting for the greatest proportion of the weight detected varies across drug types.
The number of clandestine laboratories detected nationally decreased for the fifth consecutive reporting period in 2016‑17, with the majority of labs detected in Australia producing methylamphetamine and located in residential areas.Find out more
User reporting provides valuable insight into trends in illicit drug markets.Find out more
In 2016‑17, the number and weight of national seizures and arrests reported by Australian police services equates to:
The record 154,650 national drug arrests is enough to fill AAMI stadium three times.
The record 27.4 tonnes of illicit drugs seized nationally in 2016‑17 is more than double the weight of a QE2 anchor.
The 113,533 national illicit drug seizures in 2016‑17 was almost double the number of flights between Sydney and Melbourne, the busiest national route.