Supply or 'dealing' is a very serious offence, and imprisonment will be the usual response for anyone convicted of trafficking or supply, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Anyone sanctioned for drug trafficking may also be subject to asset confiscation laws, which means they may have their property or the property of their family confiscated.
In most parts of Australia three levels of 'dealing' have been outlined;
- ‘commercial’ and
- ‘large commercial’ or ‘marketable’ thresholds.
These thresholds are based on the quantity of drug involved.
People can still be charged with trafficking if they have less than these amounts (e.g. if they are caught with evidence of intent to traffic, such as large sums of money, drugs distributed into multiple bags or in the act of supplying drugs to another — even friends).
- Under 'deemed supply' laws anyone who carries or possesses an amount that is equal to or exceeds the trafficable threshold (see Table 2) will be deemed to have drugs for the purposes of supply. Trafficable thresholds for methamphetamine in each state and territory are outlined in the table below.
Table 2: Trafficable threshold quantities (grams) of methamphetamine in Australia by jurisdiction and system (mixed or pure) , 2018
28g (NB possession of 2 grams or more is sanctionable with 25 years imprisonment)
Mixed Drug: Total mass, however it was sold on the street, including any added ingredients such as fillers and binding agents.
Pure Drug: Weight of active principles only: excluding buffers or glucose.