Trafficking in dangerous drugs

Looking at sentencing outcomes between 1 July 2005 and 30 June 2016 for trafficking in a dangerous drug, our research found:

  • a total of 2596 offenders were sentenced
  • of these, 2498 offenders had trafficking in dangerous drugs as their most serious offence (MSO)
  • the number of offenders sentenced for trafficking in dangerous drugs as their MSO increased each year from 2009–10
  • the average age of offenders sentenced for drug trafficking was 34 years
  • the majority of offenders sentenced for drug trafficking were male (83.7%)
  • the majority of offenders sentenced for drug trafficking pleaded guilty (97.8%)
  • the majority of adult offenders sentenced for drug trafficking received a custodial penalty (99.1%)
  • The average prison sentence was 4.6 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders made up 5% of all sentenced offenders.

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Sentence a drug trafficker — Judge for Yourself