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Volume 10 No. 25
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Australian Crime Commission's Report Warns Drug Use Increases Threat Of Corruption

An "alarming increase in the use, seizure and arrests for illicit drugs is the central finding of the Australian Crime Commission's annual report" released Monday, "with significant implications for sport, especially the professional football codes," according to Roy Masters of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. ACC CEO John Lawler said, ''The illicit drug market remains the principal source of profit for organized crime.'' Lawler said that "criminals infiltrate sports clubs and gain information or compromise players in exchange for illicit drugs, such as amphetamines and cocaine, and use it to spot-bet or fix matches, capitalising on the myriad gambling outlets in Australia and overseas." The ACC's Illicit Drug Data Report 2011-12 stated that "while cannabis has remained the dominant illicit drug in the Australian market over the past decade, cocaine and amphetamines are the drugs of choice for professional footballers" (SMH, 5/20).