The Australian Federal Police working in conjunction with the Australian Border Force recently nabbed $145M worth of the drug MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy. This bust is likely Australia’s biggest this year with the seizure of 1.2 tonnes of the said drug.
The drug bust is the result of an investigation that began on October 12th involving local and international authorities. The drugs were believe to have originated in the Czech Republic with an international syndicate behind it.
In a press conference, police revealed that a sophisticated method of concealment was used to import the drugs, though they did not disclose how the drugs were able to escape detection when they entered the country. AFP Regional Commander Tim Fitzgerald told reporters that they are seeing a trend of increased importation of illegal drugs into Australia.
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MDMA and its hold on young people
This recent drug bust presents a look at Australia’s worsening drug problem and the uphill efforts of law enforcement to curb it. For as long as there is a demand for illicit drugs, people will try to supply it. This is especially true with expensive party drugs like MDMA or ecstasy.
Ecstasy is very popular with young people. It is frequently sold at parties, raves or and music festivals because it heightens sensations and makes the party experience more enjoyable. It is also not as addictive as other drugs, which impacts young people’s casual attitude towards it. Users think they can try it a few times without any lasting negative effects. But MDMA has featured in tragic news of deaths caused by overdosing or by mixing MDMA with other hallucinogens or alcohol.
The MDMA menace has even creeped into the workplace as Australians do not seem to be deterred by the negative consequences of even its casual use. It becomes dangerous when workers who use drugs have jobs that involve interaction with people or access to potentially dangerous equipment. Measures like regular drug testing can help address this and ensure that workers do not cause harm to themselves and others.