Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has today welcomed the announcement by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government that ice manufacturers and dealers will now face the increased prospect of life behind bars.
“Having helped develop these tough new measures when I was Police Minister I’m very glad to see them in action,” said Stuart Ayres .
From Tuesday 1 September 2015, the threshold required to charge people with manufacturing or dealing large commercial quantities of Methylamphetamine or ice, halved in New South Wales from 1 kilogram to 500 grams.
“The NSW Government has delivered an election commitment to take decisive action, meet community expectations and ensure the most serious ice manufacturers and dealers are brought to justice,” said Stuart Ayres.
“The most recent NSW quarterly crime statistics released on Thursday have reinforced the need for strong, decisive action on drug crime,” Stuart Ayres said.
“In the 24 months to June 2015 more than 303 drug-related incidents involving amphetamines were reported in the Penrith region – an increase of 61.2 %.”
“Ice is a scourge in our communities and drug manufacturers and dealers, particularly those involved in ice, profit from the misery and misfortune of others,”
“The NSW Government believes serious drug manufacturers and dealers spreading this poison throughout the community must be held to higher account.”
Under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 all amphetamines, including ice, are prohibited. Charges of manufacture and dealing of these drugs carry terms of up to life imprisonment.
The NSW Government will also focus on earlier detection and expanding treatment services for people trying to get clean from this life destroying drug.
“Our $11 million investment will deliver more targeted services that keep people off ice and out of emergency rooms,” Stuart Ayres said.
 New South Wales Recorded Crime Statistics: Quarterly Update June 2015 released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research