According to the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, arrests for cocaine increased by 55 percent in 2009, with 753 people arrested compared to 486 in 2008. In addition, 65 percent of all drug users used cocaine in 2009, compared to 50 percent in 2008.
$224.5 Million (260 Million Australian) of drugs was seized in Australia in 2009. Marijuana was that largest drugs seized, with $164 Million (191 Million Australian) worth of cannabis seized by police.
Between the years 2000 to 2008, 105 Australians died from taking Ecstasy.
Human smuggling activities lead to around 40 boats carrying 2,000 people to be caught while traveling to Australia from Indonesia. Many of the people who were participating in the human smuggling market were from Sri Lanka or Afghanistan.
11 percent of adults between the ages of 20-29 in Australia use illegal drugs.
Cigarette smuggling in Australia caused $42 Million (50 Million Australian Dollars) in lost tax revenue for the Australian Government.
Drug trafficking on the black market in Australia is estimated to generate $5.5 Billion (6.7 Billion Australian Dollars) every year.
Human trafficking in Australia brings in up to 1,000 people into the country. 90 percent of victims of human trafficking within Australia were trafficked for sex.
In 2004, the Australian Institute of Criminology released a study on contract killings that took place in Australia between 1998…
Organized crime groups in Australia steal $7.2 Billion ($10 Billion Australian) a year, according to the Australian Crime Commission.