Data suggests QLD is Australia's cocaine capital

AUSTRALIAN authorities collected 23.5 tonnes of drugs in a record 105,862 illicit drug seizures in 12 months, new data showed.

The Illicit Drug Data Report released on Thursday showed almost 134,000 drug arrests were made in the 2014-15 financial year.

The report said the amount of amphetamine-related drugs detected, excluding MDMA, reached record levels.

Data showed that out of the total weight of seized drugs, amphetamine stimulants had highest weight, with about 54%, followed by marijuana (25%), other or unknown drugs (14%), heroin (5%) and cocaine (2%).

As was the case in previous years, marijuana accounted for the greatest proportion of illegal drug arrests across Australia. In 2014-15, 88% of cannabis detections at the Australian border were seeds.

Queensland had the highest weight of cocaine compared to other states and NSW had the highest weight of amphetamines.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the illicit drug market remained the principal source of profit for organised crime.

He said more than 60% of Australia's highest risk criminal targets were involved in the ice market and driving its expansion.


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