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Trafficking in Dangerous Drugs

Drug trafficking is a serious offence in Queensland

In this blog, we will discuss the issue of drug trafficking in Queensland, the types of dangerous drugs being trafficked, the laws in place to combat drug trafficking, and the consequences of being involved in drug trafficking.

Types of Dangerous Drugs Trafficked in Queensland

Queensland has seen an increase in the trafficking of a variety of dangerous drugs, including but not limited to:

  1. Methamphetamine (Ice): This is a highly addictive drug that has severe physical and psychological effects on users. It is usually produced in clandestine laboratories and can cause harm to individuals who use it.
  2. Heroin: Heroin is a powerful opiate that is highly addictive and can cause severe health problems. It is often smuggled into Queensland from overseas.
  3. Cocaine: Cocaine is a stimulant drug that can cause euphoria, increased energy, and reduced appetite. It is usually smuggled into Queensland from overseas.
  4. Synthetic Drugs: Synthetic drugs such as synthetic cannabis and bath salts are chemically created to mimic the effects of other drugs. These drugs can be highly unpredictable and can cause serious harm to individuals who use them.

Laws to Combat Drug Trafficking in Queensland

Queensland has some of the strictest drug laws in Australia. The Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld) regulates the possession, supply, and trafficking of dangerous drugs in the state. The act outlines the penalties for drug trafficking, which can range from fines to lengthy prison sentences.

The consequences of being involved in drug trafficking in Queensland can be severe, with penalties increasing depending on the quantity of drugs involved. Those caught trafficking drugs can expect to face hefty fines and prison sentences of up to 25 years.

Additionally, police in Queensland have the power to seize property, cash, and assets suspected of being used in the commission of drug trafficking offences. This is done under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld), which allows authorities to seize assets believed to be the proceeds of crime.

Consequences of Drug Trafficking in Queensland

Individuals who become involved in drug trafficking can face long-term consequences, such as damage to their reputation, loss of employment opportunities, and restrictions on their freedom of movement including travel to countries overseas.


If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, seek help from a qualified professional or contact a drug and alcohol support service. If you have been charged or are asked to talk to police, contact our office so that we may better assist you from the onset. How these matters are handled initially is imperative to a favourable outcome.