From 1 September in New South Wales, new penalties apply to those convicted of dealing or manufacturing ‘ice’. They will now face an increased prospect of life behind bars according to the media release from the NSW Attorney General, Gabrielle Upton and the Minister for Health, Pru Goward.
‘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.
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.
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