Category: Drug Supply

Van Carrying $200 Million in Illegal Drugs Crashes Into Parked Police Cars


It has been reported that just before 10.30am on Monday, 22nd July 2019, a van carrying 273 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine – or ‘ice’ – crashed into police cars parked outside Eastwood Police Station in Sydney’s north-west. Officers inside the station are reported to have heard a loud bang before walking out to see significant …
LEAP’s Greg Denham

Legalise Drugs to Reduce Violent Crime: An Interview With LEAP’s Greg Denham


One of the unintended consequences of the war on drugs listed in the 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy report is “the growth of a ‘huge criminal black market’, financed by the risk-escalated profits of supplying international demand for illicit drugs”. The criminal organisations that have evolved out of the past century of drug prohibition …
Goulburn prison

Sydney Criminal Lawyer Charged With Assisting Extreme-Risk Inmate Run Drugs


Sydney solicitor Martin Churchill is being held on remand for his alleged involvement in a drug supply syndicate that his client former Brothers 4 Life leader Bassam Hamzy was running out of his cell at Goulburn Supermax prison. Police raided 62-year-old Churchill’s Glebe home on 3 July. It’s alleged the lawyer was using his confidential …
Fairy floss

The Offence of Drug Supply in New South Wales


A South Australian man has been handed an 18-month suspended prison sentence for selling a range of cannabis-infused products, including fairy-floss, hazelnut spread, lollies and lip balm. 32-year old James Stephen Woodward pleaded guilty in the state’s District Court to possessing, manufacturing and supplying an illegal drug. Police raided his home last year after receiving …
Hemp Embassy

Police Raid on Nimbin Hemp Embassy: Little More Than a Show of Strength


Stores in California will open at 2am AEST tomorrow morning. And some of the shoppers living in the fifth largest economy in the world will buy legal cannabis to smoke. Meanwhile, there will be other Californians at home, tending to the six cannabis plants they’re permitted to grow. While on 3 May, in Canberra, politicians …
Gavel and drugs

Criminal Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ After Being Convicted of Drug Supply


Ugo Parente was employed by a criminal law firm in Liverpool shortly after being admitted as a New South Wales lawyer in 2006. He represented clients in a range of criminal cases and was a vocal anti-drug campaigner. He was even commended by the prime minister for his commitment to initiatives against illicit drug use. …
Cannabis plant

‘Medicine Man’ Escapes Prison Time for Serious Drug Charges


Veteran medicinal cannabis producer Tony Bower escaped prison time when he was sentenced for commercial drug cultivation, along with other serious drug offences, at Port Macquarie District Court last Monday. Known locally as the Medicine Man, Mr Bower turned himself in after his Crescent Head property was raided by police and 280 cannabis plants were …
Jenny Hallam

A Healer, Not a Dealer: Jenny Hallam Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges


When the Turnbull government passed an amendment bill in February 2016 that legalised “the cultivation and production of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal and scientific purposes”, it was an admission that medicinal cannabis is a valid treatment that patients use. However, three years on, most of the estimated 100,000 Australians who use cannabis medicine are still …
Australian Visa

Foreigner Allowed to Stay in Australia Despite Drug Supply Conviction


The Department of Home Affairs outlines on its website that since amendments were made to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) back in November 2014, the number of noncitizens who’ve had their visas cancelled on character grounds has increased by over 1,400 percent. The Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014 amended section 501 of the Migration …
David Shoebridge and Alex Wodak

Beyond Pill Testing: Calls to Legalise and Regulate MDMA


As far as regularly used licit and illicit drugs go, pure MDMA is one of the least dangerous around. This is an idea that might take some by surprise considering the deaths of five young people – who at least thought they were taking MDMA – at NSW music festivals over the last five months. Also known …