Drug busts rise as net expands

FEDERAL police seized more than 1.5 times the amount of drug precursor chemicals and double the value of criminal assets last financial year compared with the previous year.

The police released the figures to The Sun-Herald to mark the third anniversary of a new approach to solving crime.

Kevin Zuccato, the AFP's head of serious and organised crime, said the results came from increased sharing of information between the AFP and government departments in Australia and overseas agencies.

While drug busts have increased in Australia, breakthroughs have also been made overseas with the help of the AFP, including:

In Thailand, an AFP chemist and a bomb data technician helped local police uncover 450 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and improvised explosive devices.

In Cambodia, 4100 litres of safrole oil were seized in September last year and seven Vietnamese and Cambodians charged. It could have made 25.7 million ecstasy tablets, some destined for Australia.

Phillip Thomson

and Michael Inman

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