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Drug seizure is no icebreaker

Media Release 11th April 2013 DRUG SEIZURE NO ICEBREAKER

Greg Chipp, president of Drug law Reform Australia says that the recent $205 million police seizure of methamphetamine on the Melbourne waterfront will have little or no impact on the drug market in Australia.

Greg Chipp, said “It will have minimal effect on supply, other than perhaps increasing the street price. This will result in additional profit and incentive for the criminal syndicates that control the market.”

Another high profile member of Drug Law Reform Australia, Mr Greg Denham, a former Senior Sergeant in the Victoria Police, said, “At best only 10-15% of all illicit drugs imported into Australia are seized by border protection services.” Mr Denham added that for every drug dealer arrested and taken off the streets, two more are ready to take their place.

Greg Chipp recalls that his late father the Honourable Don Chipp, who was Federal Minister for Customs and Excise in the early 1970s, shocked the nation 45 years ago by declaring that his department could intercept no more than 10% of illicit drug imports.

The policy of drug prohibition has not been effective, and the criminalisation of recreational drugs is an utter failure that cause more harm than good.

Drug Law Reform Australia proposes that the focus of drug policy in Australia must shift from law enforcement and policing to harm reduction strategies. Decriminalising, regulating and taxing currently illicit drugs will largely eliminate the market that feeds the criminal syndicates.

The huge amount of wasted public money currently spent on the failed War on Drugs can then be allocated toward improving health outcomes and mitigate the related social harms.

For media enquiries, please call Greg Chipp on 0417 773 372, or Greg Denham on 0424 193 857.

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