Is it illegal to supply fake drugs?
Have you ever wondered whether fake drug supply is illegal – that is, substances that are not in fact a prohibited drug but resemble them? Well if you have, you wouldn’t be the first one. For some, the temptation to sell crushed paracetamol or other mundane substances in the disguise of cocaine for a few hundred dollars might seem like an extremely attractive get-rich-quick scheme. However, aside from the unhappy customers, are there any legal ramifications for the supply of fake drugs?
The short answer is yes, it is illegal to supply fake drugs. In NSW if you are caught supplying a substance that you have represented as a prohibited drug you will be charged with the same offence of Drug Supply and subject to the same maximum penalty as though you were supplying a real drug.
This might seem strange, however Section 40(1) of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) makes the law abundantly clear regarding the supply of fake drugs:
A substance (not being a prohibited drug) which, for the purpose of its being supplied, is represented (whether verbally, in writing or by conduct) as being a prohibited drug or a specified prohibited drug shall, for the purposes of this Act and the regulations, be deemed to be a prohibited drug or the specified prohibited drug, as the case requires.
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