Category: Drug Importation

Why Aussie drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury got off ‘lightly’


Cassie Sainsbury was facing 30 years in a Colombian prison. She’s been sentenced to a maximum of six, and could be released in as little as two years and five months from now. When Sainsbury was detained in Colombia earlier this year, her fate seemed ominous. She was found with nearly 6kg of cocaine stashed ...

Redefining Medical Cannabis: An Interview with This Week in Weed TV’s Loren Paul Wiener


Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale moved a disallowance motion through the federal Senate on June 13 this year, which allowed terminally ill patients to import up to three months’ worth of medical marijuana products from overseas. The motion reversed changes that were made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) by ...

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 ...

We’re Importing Medical Marijuana, While Police Are Raiding Local Producers


The first two commercial batches of legal medicinal cannabis products were imported into Australia earlier this week. The medicines were produced in Canada and are being held by Health House International in WA and the Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals in Victoria. The imports are part of an interim fast-track scheme announced by Australian health minister Greg Hunt in February. ...

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 ...