Juice and ice. Great combination served up if your in the Australian Customs service. Reports from The Australian say that the seizure of ice (methamphetamine) and gear (steroids) advanced this year.
In its annual report tabled in parliament last week, Customs said 224.83kg of ice, or crystal methamphetamine, was seized in 2007-08, compared with 14.45kg in 2006-07. In 2005-06, a quarter of last year's amount, 55kg, was seized.
Customs national manager for investigations Richard Janeczko told The Australian that the rise was due to a range of factors, including better detection, an expanding market and a displacement effect, as criminals sought to import the drug whole, rather than the precursor chemicals.
The Customs report also records a marked increase in the amount of steroids intercepted by authorities. In 2007-08, there were 1457 interceptions of steroids, compared with 1100 the year before and 709 in 2005-06.
And cocaine seizures have been tracking upwards, with 649.29kg detected last year, compared with 609.95kg of cocaine in 2006-07.
Increasingly, crime syndicates are turning to illegal tobacco. Last year, 287,455kg of illegal tobacco and about 106.8million cigarettes were seized, compared with 67,422kg of tobacco and 39.8 million cigarettes held in 2006-07
Those that argue the US Congress not be involved in steroid regulation probably understand that the underground network who sells steorids also sells meth...to your kids. No 'crystal' coating it...