Criminals eye region to sell pseudo drugs

ORGANISED criminals have their eyes on vulnerable regional areas in Queensland to market drugs such as synthetic cannabis, the Crime and Misconduct Commission has revealed.

The CMC has released its intelligence report, Illicit Drugs Markets in Queensland, which shows the disturbing trend in these pseudo drugs.

The report states that were Queensland to follow state and international trends, it could expect to see organised crime groups increase their presence in the drug analogue market.

The drug analogue market has grown more over the past few years than its traditional counterparts, including ecstasy and heroin.

Crime Assistant Commissioner Kathleen Florian said drug selling was limited in non-traditional areas such as regional towns, but warned organised crime could spread in these areas to meet synthetic drugs demands.

Ms Florian said one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding drug analogues was they were safe and legal.

"The truth is that there is little understanding of exactly what's in these drugs and full extent of associated harms," she said.

She highlighted the fact synthetic cannabis was not a natural product but a chemical sprayed on herbal material.

Topics:  crime and misconduct commission, synthetic drugs



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