How many amphetamine-type stimulants are trafficked each year in Australia?
In 2013-14 there were 2,367 amphetamine-type stimulant† border detections (excluding MDMA) in Australia. This was the highest number on record, and amounted to a total weight of 1,812 kilograms. In addition, over 1,505 kilograms of amphetamine-type stimulant (excluding MDMA) precursors were detected at the Australian border in 2013-14.
Source: Australian Crime Commission (2015) Illicit Drug Data Report 2013-14.
† The Australian Crime Commission defines amphetamine-type stimulants as including amphetamine, methylamphetamine, and phenethylamines.
MDMA: 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Commonly known as XTC, X, ecstasy, adam, m&m, eccy, E, go, Scooby snacks, hug and beans.
Precursors: Considered to be the starting materials for illicit drug manufacture. As a result of chemical reactions, the precursor’s molecular structure is modified to produce a specific illicit drug. For example, precursors such as ephedrine and pseudoephedrine can be converted into methylamphetamine.