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Defending Drug Charges: Putting the Prosecution to Proof and Raising Available Defences

If you have been charged with a drug offence, it is vital to be aware that each of these offences contains several ‘essential elements’ (or ingredients) which the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt – the prosecution will fail if...

What is the Knowledge Requirement for Drug Importation in Australia?

The Australian Federal Police arrested a man at Melbourne International Airport last week, over allegations he  attempted to import 6 kilograms of heroin concealed in his luggage. The 67-year old Canberra resident was returning from a trip to Manila, Thailand...

Your Guide To New South Wales LSD (‘Acid’) Laws

Lysergic acid diethylamide, which is also known as LSD or ‘acid’, was the ultimate psychedelic of 1960s counterculture, epitomising the credo of “turn on, tune in, drop out”. However, supplying or even possessing the drug in New South Wales could...

Your Guide To New South Wales MDMA (‘Ecstacy’) Laws

The substance known scientifically as 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is commonly known as MDMA or ‘ecstasy’. The drug has been around for decades, and remains a popular party drug, particularly amongst young adults. According to the latest national statistics  12.5% of Australians have...

Your Guide to New South Wales Methamphetamine (“Ice”) Laws

Crystal methamphetamine (“meth” or “ice) remains a popular recreational drug in Australia amongst a small but persistent group of users. According to the latest national statistics just under 6% of Australians have used methamphetamine in their lifetime and 1.3% have...

Your Guide to New South Wales Cocaine Laws

Cocaine use is on the rise in Australia with the latest national statistics finding 11% of Australians have used cocaine in their lifetime and 4% have used in the past 12 months. Here’s a summary of the laws, penalties and...

Is it a Criminal Offence to Import Ozempic Without A Prescription?

Ozempic is a diabetes drug turned fat loss medication, which has been skyrocketing in popularity. Supplies for Ozempic in Australia are at an all time low, with many desperate dieters looking to overseas sellers to get their supply. But is...

Criminal Offences Relating to Drug Precursors

Most people are familiar with the various criminal laws applying to the possession, importation and supply of illicit drugs, however less known is that laws also apply to drug ‘precursors’ or chemicals that can be used to manufacture illicit drugs....

What Amounts to a ‘Large Commercial Quantity’ of Prohibited Drugs in New South Wales?

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Police have charged a 19-year old man with a serious drug offences after 120 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $60 million was allegedly discovered in a shipping container at Port Botany in Sydney. Manner of detection...

Can You Be Found Guilty of Drug Possession for Handling Drugs Without Your Knowledge?

A Sydney UberEats driver recently discovered that the package she was asked to deliver contained crystal methamphetamine. The driver became suspicious of the package and reported it to police, receiving a one star review from the would-be drug supplier as...
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