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Drug Offences

Drug offences are any offences that involve prohibited or controlled drugs. In NSW there are a number of offences that fall under this category and range from simple possession to large scale manufacture or importation.

What is the definition of a drug offence?

Drug offences are any offence against the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW). This act prohibits the cultivation, manufacture, supply and use of certain drugs.


Drug Importation

The offence of drug importation is contained within section 307 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) which states that a person is guilty of an offence if the person imports or exports a substance and that substance is a prohibited drug or plant. The penalties for this offence differ depending on the type, and quantity of the drug or plant.

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Drug Manufacturing

Under section 24 of the Act it is an offence to manufacture, produce or knowingly take part in the manufacture or production of a prohibited drug. The penalties for this offence differ depending on the type and quantity of prohibited drug being manufactured.

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Drug Possession

Under section 10 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) a person who has in his or her possession a prohibited drug is guilty of an offence.

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Supplying Prohibited Drugs

Supply prohibited drug is contained within section 25 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW). This offence has a wide scope and the penalties for this offence differ depending on the charge, the amount and type of drug.

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