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Can You Trick a Drug Sniffer Dog In Order to Avoid Detection?

While  laws against drug possession have been unsuccessful in stopping people from using drugs, they have led some people to become creative in the ways they avoid detection. The use of drug detection dogs, also known as “sniffers dogs”, by...

NSW Police with Drug Dogs Saturate Global Mardi Gras: An Interview With Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann

The Australian prime minister marching in the Sydney Mardi Gras this year marked a stark shift in societal values as compared with the first time the event was staged in 1978, which saw the NSW police violently set upon the...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Drug Possession in New South Wales

Possessing a prohibited drug is an offence under section 10 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW). To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that: You had possession of a substance, The substance was...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Large Commercial Drug Supply in NSW

A former ABC news presenter was refused bail in Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, 8 December 2022 after being charged with a string of drug offences arising from raids on two Sydney Hotels. 52-year old Ashley Hall from Burwood...

Police Overreach: Officers Harass Patrons Inside Sydney Events Venue

Anti-drug dog campaign Sniff Off reported on 12 November 2022 that it had received reports from Oxford Art Factory patrons that NSW police officers were requiring them to identify themselves via the use of their mobile phones, even though venue security had...

Calls for Inquiry Into Illegal Use of Strip Searches and Efficacy of Drug Dog Operations

A sizable number of Sydneysiders know the experience all too well: it’s early Friday evening, you’ve left work for the week and made your way down to the local, and as you’re sinking a few with some friends, some jokers...

NSW Police Claim Ignorance of the Law, As They Continue to Illegally Strip-Search Kids

More than 4,000 strip searches were carried out in New South Wales between July 2020 and May 2022 - 100 of them on children and young people.  The alarming figures include more than 100 days of lockdown during the Covid...

Class Action Commenced Against Police Over Illegal Strip Searches

As festival goers battled through the mud, cold and rain on the New South Wales north coast this past weekend to see their favourite bands play at the Splendour in the Grass music Festival, news surfaced that a class action...

NSW Police Are Still Using Sniffer Dogs to Arrest Over Tiny Amounts of Cannabis

Scrolling through the Sniff Off Facebook page, it’s clear from recent posts warning as to the whereabouts of NSW police officers deployed with accompanying drug detecting labradors that this antiquated law enforcement practice is back in full swing. A joint venture...

NSW Police See In the New Year Having a Field Day Enforcing Antiquated Drug Laws

As COVID-19 cases soar to unprecedented levels statewide and testing measures are withdrawn to almost nonexistence, NSW police has decided it’s an opportune moment to, once again, start cracking down on locals just trying to have a good time. The NSW...
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