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Amphetamine arrests double in NT

AAP logoAAP 4/08/2016

Amphetamine arrests in the Northern Territory doubled in 2014-15, compared to the previous year, a new report by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has found.

The Illicit Drug Data Report, published on Thursday, shows that amphetamine-type stimulant arrests increased from 138 in 2013-14 to 282 in 2014-15.

The figures reflect NT Police's persistence in targeting illegal drugs, said NT Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw in a statement.

"Targets such as organised crime, as well as solo operators, have successfully had their drug trafficking activities disrupted and dismantled by law enforcement operations," he said.

The "nefarious nature of methamphetamines" pushed police to work with Border Force, the Federal Police, and the ACIC to tackle the importation, manufacture and trafficking of illicit drugs in the community, he said.

Crystal methamphetamine, or ice, users in the NT pay a premium for their drugs, of $900 to $1200 per gram, compared to $250 to $1200 per gram elsewhere in Australia.

Methamphetamine, and its precursors and derivatives, was viewed by authorities as the most prominent drug threat.

But cannabis made up the largest proportion of drugs confiscated in the NT, making up almost three-quarters of all drug seizures.

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