From ACT Polciing:
ACT Policing is partnering with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) to remind business owners that it is an offence to sell or import synthetic drugs, despite myths that they are a legal way to get high.
ACT Policing works with ACBPS and other Australian law enforcement agencies to combat the importation of synthetic drugs.
Detective Sergeant Shane Scott wants to remind ACT business owners that they have a responsibility to be aware of the content of products they are selling.
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“All Canberrans need to be aware that the sale and use of synthetic drugs in the ACT is illegal,” Detective Sergeant Scott said.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Director of Targeted Operations, Neil Sugget said the Service was working hard to protect the community.
“Customs and Border Protection work closely with our colleagues at ACT Policing to keep these damaging drugs out of the local community.
“We have the examination skills and latest technologies to detect even the most sophisticated concealments of synthetic drugs entering Australia,” Mr Sugget said.
Detective Sergeant Scott said if business owners are unsure of the content of their products then they need to consider removing them from their store completely or seek advice from the Therapeutic Goods Association.
ACT Penalties of up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $55 000 for persons and $275 000 for businesses may apply if the substances are proven to be illegal.
Furthermore, anyone attempting to import a controlled drug or analog, such as the synthetic cannabinoidimetic HU210, may face penalties under the Federal Criminal Code Act 1995 ranging from a fine of up to $825,000 and/or life imprisonment.
If you are concerned a business may be selling synthetic drugs you can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously online at www.crimestoppers.com.au or alternatively call 1800 333 000.
For more information on illicit drugs go to the ACT Policing website at www.police.act.gov.au.