ANDERSON GETTING TOUGH ON DRUGS
MORE ICE DEALERS FACE LIFE UNDER TOUGH NEW LAWS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today welcomed the announcement that ice manufacturers and dealers will now face the increased prospect of life behind bars.
From Tuesday 1 September 2015, the threshold required to charge people with manufacturing or dealing large commercial quantities of Methylamphetamine or ice, halved in New South Wales from 1 kilogram to 500 grams.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government is taking decisive action, meeting community expectations and ensuring that ice manufacturers and dealers are brought to justice.
“These tough new measures follow on from the release of my “Fighting Back Against Ice” brochure that has gone to every household in the Tamworth Electorate.
We need strong, and decisive action on drug crime.
“Ice is a scourge in our communities and drug manufacturers and dealers, particularly those involved in ice, profit from the misery and misfortune of others,”
“The NSW Government believes serious drug manufacturers and dealers spreading this poison throughout the community must be held to higher account.”
Under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 all amphetamines, including ice, are prohibited. Charges of manufacture and dealing of these drugs carry terms of up to life imprisonment.
The NSW Government will also focus on earlier detection and expanding treatment services for people trying to get clean from this life destroying drug.
“Our $11 million investment will deliver more targeted services that keep people off ice and out of emergency rooms,” Mr Anderson said.