Commonwealth Importation of Drug Offences & Charges in South Australia

Commonwealth Importation charges are becoming more common. Both the methods of importation and the investigative techniques used by police and customs have changed. Now drugs are commonly available on the ‘dark web’.

The new way is to order drugs online and pay for them using bitcoins and wallets in the cloud. This method is more difficult to detect but more and more police resources are being applied to detection.

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At Woods & Co Lawyers our team of solicitors have both the knowledge and experience to understand the process and advise you accordingly. We have been successful in defending Commonwealth Importation charges. We have been involved in large marketable and commercial importation cases under the Criminal Code Act 1995 and the Crimes Act 1914 Cth.

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Frequently Asked Questions in relation to Commonwealth Importation of Drug Offences in Adelaide

What Are The Penalties For Importation of drugs into South Australia?

The maximum penalties for importing/exporting border controlled drugs/plants are:

  • Commercial quantity (usually measured in kilograms): Life imprisonment
  • Marketable quantity (usually measured in grams): 25 years imprisonment
  • Any quantity (i.e., less than a marketable quantity): 10 years imprisonment

The maximum penalties for importing/exporting border controlled precursors are:

  • Commercial quantity (usually measured in kilograms): 25 years imprisonment
  • Marketable quantity (usually measured in grams): 15 years imprisonment
  • Any quantity (i.e., less than a marketable quantity): 7 years’ imprisonment

What Are The Possible Defences For The Importation?

It may be a defence to the charge that you:

  • Under duress
  • Factual dispute
  • Lack of intention
  • Identification dispute
  • suffer from a mental impairment

What the Prosecution Must Prove

The prosecution must prove that you:

  • Intended to import or export an illegal substance
  • Knew that the substance was a border controlled drug, plant, or precursor substance (or you were reckless to think otherwise);
  • Have imported/exported a quantity of a controlled substance that is either a commercial quantity, marketable quantity or some quantity less than a marketable quantity, depending on the charge.

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