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  • Synthetic drugs: Australian and international trends

    Posted 28/06/2013 by Cat Barker
     Synthetic drugs hit the headlines earlier this month following the death of a Sydney teenager who jumped from a third-floor balcony while under the influence of a hallucinogenic substance. They are again in the headlines this week after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced it had arrested 225 people and seized 1,500 kilograms of synthetic drugs destined for the US and Australian markets. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) admitted in the World Drug Report 2013 that ‘... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Crime Commission, Drugs, illicit drugs, new psychoactive substances, synthetic drugs, UNODC

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  • Is doping in sport a crime? (doping in sports pt. 5)

    Posted 24/04/2013 by Jaan Murphy
    The previous FlagPost in this series explored the dual use of evidence in both sports tribunals and criminal proceedings.Whilst it is commonly understood that doping is prohibited in sport, is it also a criminal offence? This FlagPost examines the circumstances in which an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) is also a crime in Australia and the sanctions imposed by the criminal justice system for those offences.  The Criminal Justice SystemUnlike a number of other countries, Australia does not hav... Read more...

    TAGS: ADRV, ASADA, Australian Crime Commission, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, crime, criminal law, doping, illicit drugs, sport, steroids, WADA, World Anti-Doping Agency

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  • ‘Ice’ and other amphetamine-type stimulants: international and Australian trends

    Posted 5/03/2013 by Cat Barker
    On 28 February, the Joint Organised Crime Group (comprising the Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Police, NSW Crime Commission, Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs)) announced it had seized 585 kilograms of ice in Sydney, an Australian record for a single seizure of the drug. The second largest seizure also occurred recently, with 306 kilograms seized by the AFP and Customs in July 2012. This FlagPost puts these seizures in conte... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Crime Commission, Australian Federal Police, crime, customs, illicit drugs

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  • Latest Illicit Drug Data Report released

    Posted 21/05/2012 by Cat Barker
    The Illicit Drug Data Report produced each year by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) provides a statistical overview of illicit drug arrests and seizures for the financial year and details the current situation, national impact and emerging trends related to illicit drugs in Australia and internationally. The latest report is the ninth in the series, which replaced the Australian Illicit Drug Report from 2002–03. Outlined below is a brief snapshot of some of the key findings of the 201... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Crime Commission, customs, illicit drugs

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  • Ombudsman’s report on covert operations

    Posted 21/03/2012 by Cat Barker
    A report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman on the records of controlled operations held by Commonwealth law enforcement agencies, tabled on 13 March 2012, reveals the Ombudsman has continuing concerns that the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is bypassing a review mechanism intended to provide appropriate external scrutiny of longer operations.Controlled operations are covert law enforcement operations in which one or more persons are authorised to engage in otherwise unlawful conduct in order to o... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Crime Commission, law enforcement

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  • Money Laundering in Australia

    Posted 22/11/2011 by Dianne Heriot
    The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) recently published Money Laundering in Australia 2011, a consolidated picture of money laundering activity in Australia, key vulnerabilities and emerging threats. The report is drawn from Australia's first (classified) National Threat Assessment on money laundering, produced as part of the Commonwealth Government's Organised Crime Response Plan. Every year, crimes such as drug importation, fraud, people trafficking, migrant... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Crime Commission, money laundering

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