Recent drug operations that include arrests and seizures in Sydney highlights once again the residents’ appetite for cocaine, as detailed in an article by Lucy Cormack for The Sydney Morning Herald.
The authorities apprehended 55 people for either buying or selling the drug on the streets of Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs. According to law enforcement, criminal cases involving cocaine are up 7.7 percent.
In a report from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, results point to a widening base of cocaine users in the country.
Researchers say the reason could be the drug’s growing acceptability.
Cocaine is the drug of choice of the affluent white-collar professionals in Sydney. In Woollahra, where the average household income is upwards $130,000, there was a 98.8 percent increase of incidents involving the illicit drug. And the way the trading of drug happens on the streets of Sydney is shocking.
According to the state’s chief crime statistician Don Weatherburn, “There is no doubt Sydney is the cocaine capital of Australia.”
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Growing acceptability of the drug
Cocaine, which was once exclusively for the rich and glamorous, is no longer. The widening base of cocaine users — meaning, spreading outside Sydney — means more and more people are using cocaine. The fact that users are less clandestine about cocaine use seems to only increase the drug’s appeal.
Mr. Weatherburn worries that when the occasional cocaine users become daily users, then an increase in other crimes will follow.
Cocaine seizures from country to city
As it stands, the world is awash with cocaine. There is record production in Colombia for the drug and the seizures only show the supply that makes its way to the country.
Last April, 68kg (worth $38 million) of the drug arrived in Sydney. Just this week, authorities seized 30kg ($9 million worth) of cocaine from a laboratory in the Southern Tablelands.
From 2016 to 2017, the authorities seized a total of 4623kg ($2.7 billion worth) of cocaine, in a report by the Illicit Drug Data Report the ACIC.
A kilo of coca leaves with a value of $200 in Colombia is sold in Sydney for $300 a gram. And since the majority of users are white collar professionals, the high price of the drug is no deterrent. Obviously, the drug is still highly popular despite the $300 price tag.
With cocaine, there is no stigma attached to it — in fact, there is a certain glamour and exclusivity surrounding the drug.
Targeting illicit drugs takes more than seizures. It will certainly take a multifaceted approach to contain the widespread use of cocaine. According to NSW Police Minister David Elliott, the illicit drug is a “curse to society.”
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