Category: Drug Importation

Ending Execution: An Interview with Reprieve Australia’s Julian McMahon


In the early hours of the morning on April 29 2015, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed by firing squad by Indonesian authorities. The two men were part of the Bali Nine: a group of Australians convicted of drug trafficking. Although there had been a virtual moratorium on the use of the death penalty ...

Government Bureaucracy Impedes Access to Medicinal Cannabis


Australian health minister Greg Hunt announced last week that medical marijuana will be more readily available within the next eight weeks. He said the government will ensure the fast tracking of the importation of cannabis based medicines. This relaxing of the laws will authorise an international company to export their medicine to Australia to fill the gap ...

Six Charged Over $300 Million Cocaine Haul


Police say they have busted a massive cocaine network operating on the NSW South Coast, making one of the largest seizures of cocaine in the state’s history. Six men were arrested and further arrests are expected to be made today, after the Australian Federal Police and Australia Border Force searched a vessel moored off Jervis ...

From Prisoner to Principal Lawyer: An Interview with Debbie Kilroy


Queensland attorney-general Yvette D’Ath announced the members of the reinstated Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council on November 10 last year. The council works to advise the state government and Court of Appeal on sentencing matters. Amongst the ten members of the council is Debbie Kilroy. She was the first convicted criminal to be accepted by the Queensland ...

Police Claim Major Success in War on Drugs


“This job started with just a thread of information to the NSWPF’s Drug Squad two and a half years ago”, NSW Police Commissioner Mark Jenkins told a reporter. “That thread has helped us keep more than a tonne of illegal drugs off the street”. On Christmas day, a joint operation between the NSW Police Drug ...

Neddy Smith: A Career in Crime


Standing at 6ft 6in, Arthur “Neddy” Smith – the infamous standover man – had a menacing aura. He was a leading underworld figure during the mid-1980s Sydney drug wars. And he drove fear into all he encountered. Today, the 72-year-old former armed robber and heroin dealer is serving two life sentences in Lithgow prison and his ...

‘DJ Badmouth’ Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Thailand


Young Sydney DJ Jake Mastroianni has had his double-life sentence upheld in a Bangkok Court this week. He is one of more than 250 Australians currently behind bars in foreign countries. Each year, about 1,000 Australians are arrested overseas, and the Smart Traveller Website warns that if you are arrested in a foreign country, the ...

Filipino President Continues Killing Spree in War Against Drugs


We recently reported on the newly elected Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte who publicly declared: “If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you.” On Friday, the President threatened to quit the United Nations and form a separate organisation with China and several African nations. His ...

‘Krokodil’ Coming to Australia


The terrifying flesh-eating drug ‘krokodil’ looks set to enter the Sydney market. NSW Police have issued warnings over its dangers, following the ravaging effects of the drug on users in Russia and the US (see images here). What is Krokodil? Krokodil is the street name for desomorphine, a drug which is said to be 8 ...

Sydney Grandmother Faces Execution


Mrs Nguyen Thi Huong looked anguished as the court in Ho Chi Minh City read its verdict recently. The 73-year-old Vietnamese-Australian woman has been sentenced to death for heroin trafficking. It sounds implausible … incongruous, but Vietnamese community leaders in Australia say it is not uncommon: traffickers targeting elderly female mules in the belief they ...