Feeds

Australians are suckers when it comes to buying tech drugs

You're an Aussie? Pay a premium

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

It's not just tech giants that tag Australians as willing suckers who'll pay over-the-odds to get their hands on international products: according to the Australian Crime Commission, drug cartels are also playing the geo-pricing game.

Doing a bit of pre-launch pimping of its next study into illegal drugs in Australia to the Sydney Morning Herald, an ACC specialist said cartels have “cottoned on” to the fact that “Australians, for whatever reason, are prepared to pay a high price” for illicit drugs.

As a result, syndicates have, over four or five years, been shipping the costly stuff like cocaine from South America “to try and get it into the Australian market”, according to the commission's executive director of strategy, Judy Lind.

“Cocaine use in Australia is increasing and that is probably partly as a result of transnational supply chains and groups that are targeting Australia”, she said.

Cannabis, and stimulants like amphetamines and “ice”, remain the most popular illicit drugs in the country, and steroid arrests and seizures are also on the rise.

The report, which covers the 2012-2013 period, will also detail a rising trend of buying illicit substances online (which indicates that Australian drug buyers are not yet as sophisticated as their TV-watching or software-buying counterparts, and aren't buying from places where substances are cheaper).

The Register will be interested to see whether the 2013-2014 shows a slump in Internet purchases with the loss of Silk Road and arrest of Ross Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts). ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.