AFP burns $ 5.2 billion in illegal drugs


Weighing almost the same weight as four adult male African elephants, Australian Federal Police (AFP) burned 25.8 tonnes of illegal drugs in 2021 found on Australian shores.

AFP’s destruction program estimates the value of methamphetamine, MDMA, amphetamines, cannabis and fast-acting stimulants found to be over $ 5 billion.

Using ovens of up to 1,400 ° C, AFP officers were on site as the drugs rose in smoke that was filtered and then released safely.

The New South Wales Eastern Command has dominated Australia’s drug trafficking market, with police burning 19.4 tonnes this year.

Among these results, stimulants (methamphetamine, MDMA) were the most discovered with 15.7 tonnes.

A ton of cocaine was also destroyed while police cremated 9.3 tons of gamma-butyrolcactone (GBL), a fast-acting stimulant linked to fatal overdoses in Australia.

In the Districts of Western Australia, South Australia and Alice Springs, police destroyed nearly 900 kilograms of illicit drugs, including more than 260 kilograms of stimulants and 505 kilograms of cannabis.

The Victorian and Tasmanian regions vaporized 3.7 tons of illicit drugs, including more than two tons of khat, a stimulant found in the leaves of an East African shrub, 630 kg of pseudoephedrine and 506 kg of methamphetamine .

Transport in Queensland and parts of the Northern Territory included 680 kg of methamphetamine and MDMA, 530 kg of cannabis and 200 kg of cocaine.

AFP said their burning agenda was the culmination of efforts to eradicate organized crime in Australia.

“It is a big blow to the records of these criminals and puts pressure on all aspects of their operations,” said Crime Command Detective Superintendent Russell Smith.

“The 30 tonnes of illicit substances that AFP destroyed this year had the potential to cause massive damage to our communities through violence and long-term health impacts, which disproportionately affect young people and the most vulnerable. “


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