Ice manufacturers and dealers have been put on notice that they now face the increased prospect of life behind bars from Tuesday 1 September, Attorney General Gabrielle Upton and Assistant Minister for Health Pru Goward announced in a press release.
The NSW Government has changed the law so that people who manufacture or supply 500 grams will not be charged with “commercial quantity”. The old amount was one (1) kilogram.
“Drug manufacturers and dealers, particularly those involved in ice, profit from the misery and misfortune of others. We believe serious drug manufacturers and dealers spreading this poison throughout the community must be held to higher account,” Ms Upton said.
“Put simply, halving the threshold will mean more serious ice manufacturers and dealers will face the prospect of life behind bars.”
Under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 all amphetamines, including ice, are prohibited. Charges of manufacture and supply of these drugs carry terms of up to life imprisonment.
The changes come into effect from Tuesday 1 September, 2015. From that date, anyone found manufacturing or in possession for the purposes of supply of a quantity of ice of or above 500 grams will be charged with an offence which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, rather than the 20 years previously available.