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You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 2 July 2007 – 16 June 2008 CMC assesses Queensland’s cocaine market — 22.10.2007
You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 2 July 2007 – 16 June 2008 CMC assesses Queensland’s cocaine market — 22.10.2007

CMC assesses Queensland’s cocaine market — 22.10.2007

The Crime and Misconduct Commission has warned that cocaine needs to be closely monitored by law enforcement agencies as there is the potential for its presence to increase in Queensland over the next three to five years.

In a CMC report released today, Director, Intelligence Chris Keen says that while Queensland’s cocaine market remains smaller than other illicit drug markets in the state, it has slightly expanded in recent years with the potential for further growth.

‘The cocaine market is largely driven by supply rather than demand and currently the drug is seldom available. However, with criminal networks diversifying and working with other criminal groups, this is likely to increase their ability to source and import cocaine and lead to an increase in this illicit drug,’ Mr Keen said.

‘Our intelligence information indicates that outlaw motorcycle gangs are becoming increasingly involved in the distribution of cocaine and some culturally-based crime syndicates have also become involved in trafficking this illicit drug seemingly in search of bigger profits.’

‘While popular belief has previously linked cocaine use with high-income, university educated professionals, we are now seeing individuals in other vocations, not traditionally associated with cocaine, indulging in the drug.’

‘Cocaine will often be used in a suite of drug taking, including various combinations of alcohol, ecstasy, methamphetamine and cannabis. Many users incorrectly believe they can use drugs for mood enhancement and management, without leading to abuse or harm.’

‘The reality is that cocaine is harmful. We need to dispel the myth that cocaine can be safely used and is a glamorous drug of the rich and famous. It is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain and central nervous system and can cause significant physical and psychological problems,’ Mr Keen said.

Note: CMC Director, Intelligence Chris Keen is available for media interviews.

Author: Media release

See also:
1. Crime Bulletin No. 8: The cocaine market in Queensland: A strategic assessment

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