- State Government delivers on election commitment
In a major milestone for the McGowan Government, tough new penalties which will see methamphetamine traffickers face life in prison have now passed through both houses of State Parliament.
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methamphetamine Offences) Bill 2017 increases the maximum sentence for trafficking 28 grams or more of meth from 25 years to life imprisonment.
It also allows the judiciary to impose unlimited fines - an increase from the previous $100,000 maximum fine.
The legislation passed through the Legislative Council overnight.
It is the first legislative fulfilment of an election commitment by the McGowan Government and means Western Australia will now have some of the toughest penalties in the country.
Those who manufacture, deal or traffic in meth will now face the prospect of life in prison.
The laws are part of the McGowan Government's broader strategy and implementation of the Methamphetamine Action Plan.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"This is a win for the community and is a clear indication of our priorities.
"The community has been demanding action against those who deal in meth and we have moved swiftly to bring in laws which are among some of the toughest in Australia.
"Dealers, traffickers and others in the drug chain who spread harm in our community need to know they will now face life in jail if they are caught."
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