WA methamphetamine traffickers will face life in prison, under the introduction of tougher new meth laws.
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methamphetamine Offences) Bill has passed both houses of State Parliament overnight, increasing the maximum sentence of trafficking 28 grams or more or meth from 25 years to life imprisonment.
It will also allow the judiciary to impose unlimited fines from the previous $100,000 limit.
The laws target people who manufacture, deal or traffic meth.
The new penalties are the first McGowan Government legislation commitment fulfilled, resulting in WA having some of the toughest penalties in Australia.
They are part of the State Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan strategy.
Premier Mark McGowan said it is a win for Western Australian communities.
“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.”
He said people involved in trafficking meth can expect to face harsh penalties if caught.
“Dealers, traffickers and other in the drug chain who spread harm in our community need to know they will now face life in jail if they are caught.”