Longer jail term for ice dealers

More ice dealers will be locked up for longer, as part of a Coalition election pledge to crack down on the drug.

Under the proposed changes, ice would be treated as more serious than heroin and cocaine.

If re-elected, the Napthine government has vowed to give police powers to drug-test people arrested for an indictable offence and suspected of being under the influence.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said the laws would make it harder for dealers to profit from their crimes.

“Providing police with the power to drug-test persons arrested for serious crimes will help police to act more quickly on related offending. It will also ensure the drug use is dealt with by the court in sentencing the offender and in ordering measures for the offender to address their drug use as part of their sentence.”

People caught with 15 grams of the drug will be subject to forfeiture laws, compared to the current 30 grams.

The amount of ice deemed a “large commercial quantity” will be halved from 1kilogram to 500grams, with traffickers facing a maximum of a life sentence and forfeiting everything they own.

The quantity of ice deemed a “commercial quantity” will be reduced from 500grams to 250grams, leaving traffickers facing up to 25 years in jail.

“Given the ability of traffickers to manufacture ice locally and in smaller quantities, the current quantities make it too easy for traffickers to dodge the jail terms and asset forfeiture they deserve,” he said.

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