Category: Drug Supply

NSW Police Treat Strip-Searches As Routine Procedure


The use of strip searches by the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) has recently skyrocketed. Over the last four years, strip search use has risen by close to 47 percent, with 3,735 carried out in the year 2014-15, while 5,483 people were asked to remove their clothes and squat in 2017-18. Not only is NSW police ...

Man Imprisoned for Buying Drugs on Dark Web


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A former A-grade Darwin rugby league player has been sent to prison for supplying drugs in the form of hundreds of MDMA tablets sent through the ‘dark web’. The Supreme Court found that 27 year-old plumbing assistant and under-eights coach, Gavin Brown, used the cryptocurrency bitcoin to buy 500 ...

The Dangers of Laws Against Drug Supply Causing Death: An Interview With Urban Survivor Union’s Louise Vincent


On the second last sitting day of the parliamentary year, the Berejiklian government passed legislation that created the new offence of supply of drugs causing death. This latest drug war tactic can see an individual imprisoned for supplying a drug that proves lethal for up to 20 years. And while NSW attorney general Mark Speakman has made assurances ...

It’s Important to Know Your Rights this Music Festival Season


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The music festival season got off to a tragic start this year. Two young Australians died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September, while another drug-related death occurred at a festival at Sydney Olympic Park a fortnight ago. And despite pill testing having proven to save lives in European ...

Premier’s Solution to Youth Dying at Festivals: Create More Criminal Offences


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Following the drug-related deaths of two young Australians at Sydney’s Defqon.1 festival on 15 September, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed she would do everything in her power to shut down the event. But, after she had a moment to reflect, the premier decided to instead establish an expert panel to ...

Courts Are Becoming Sympathetic to the Cause of Medicinal Cannabis


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim It’s estimated that around 100,000 patients are using cannabis medicines across the country. And even though the federal government legalising medicinal cannabis close to three years ago, most of these patients are forced to access their medicine on the black market. Despite government moves to cut some of the red tape around ...

Pensioner Imprisoned for Ongoing Drug Supply


By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey A pensioner who sold crystal methamphetamine and heroin to his neighbours has been sentenced to a minimum term of three-and-a-half years in prison for drug supply. Mr Elefterios ‘Terry’ Skoumbourdis is an unemployed cancer survivor who set up a drug business from his public housing unit in Wollongong, which ...

Facing Prison Time Over Son’s Cannabis Medicine: An Interview With Jamie Blake


Next Monday, Jamie Blake and his partner Stephanie McKay are to stand trial in the Rockhampton Supreme Court over drug charges that could see them behind bars. The reason they’re facing prison is they were trying to help their autistic child. Callum is the 5-year-old son of the couple who live in the Queensland town of ...

Not Guilty on All Charges: An Interview With Medicinal Cannabis Crusader Dr Andrew Katelaris


At around noon on Thursday, a jury found renowned medicinal cannabis practitioner Dr Andrew Katelaris not guilty on a number of very serious charges relating to the supply and manufacture of cannabis medicines. Representing himself in court, Dr Katelaris argued a defence of medical necessity, meaning that his patients’ needs were so dire that it ...

Decriminalise Drug Possession: An Interview With Former AFP Commissioner Mick Palmer


Calls for reforms to the approach Australian governments take to illicit drugs are growing stronger. The idea that personal drug use and possession should be treated primarily as a health and social issue, and not a criminal offence, is starting to become commonplace. And the push for drug law reform in this country is coming ...