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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2411

(Question No. 4998)


Mr Duncan asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 17 February 1987:

(1) How many officers of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) were involved in taking telephone calls during ``Operation Noah'' in 1985.

(2) How many telephone calls were received.

(3) How many of the calls led to subsequent criminal charges.

(4) What was the nature of the substance and the quantity involved in each of the charges.

(5) Against how many person were the charges laid.

(6) How many charges have resulted in conviction as at 20 November 1986.

(7) Is ``Operation Noah'' a cost-effective allocation of AFP resources.


Mr Young —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Seven.

(2) 290 during the 12 hour operation. Another total of 40 calls were received on dedicated ``Noah'' lines prior to and after ``Operation Noah''.

(3) These statistics are not available. Charges were laid against 31 persons as a result of information received during ``Operation Noah''.

(4)

Person

Substance

Quantity

(grams)

1

Cannabis tops

18.39

2

Cannabis tops

Cannabis seeds

Cannabis resin

2250

31

48.5

3

Cannabis tops

Cannabis seeds

Cannabis resin

534

90

32.1

4

Cannabis tops

Cocaine

23

12.902

5

Heroin

.32

6

Cannabis tops

Cannabis seeds

Cannabis resin

Dried Cannabis

Cocaine

959.5

26

5.8

899

.6

7

Cannabis resin

249

8

Cannabis tops

Cannabis seeds

4.1

43.6

9

Cannabis tops

151

10

Dried Cannabis

2

11

Cannabis tops

Cannabis seeds

Cannabis resin

60

2.1

34.4

12

Cannabis tops

Dried cannabis

44.4

23

13

Cannabis tops

Dried cannabis

10.7

4.2

14

Cannabis tops

22

15

L.S.D

Amphetamine

Not weighed

6.33

16

Cannabis tops

18.1

17

Dried cannabis

118

18

Cannabis tops

Cannabis seeds

Dried cannabis

17

12

170

19

Cannabis tops

Dried cannabis

179.6

10.4

20

Cannabis tops

Dried cannabis

179.6

10.4

21

Cannabis tops

Cannabis seeds

Cannabis resin

60

2.1

34.4

22

Cannabis tops

8

23

Dried cannabis

22.7

24

Cannabis tops

69.9

25

Heroin

Not weighed

In syringe

26

Heroin

Cannabis tops

.8

1.2

27

Dried cannabis

3.6

28

Heroin

.532

29

Heroin

.532

30

Heroin

Not weighed

In syringe

31

Heroin

Not weighed

In syringe

(5) 31.

(6) As at 20 November 1986, 20 persons had been convicted, two were acquitted and in a further two cases, no evidence was offered in each of those matters. As at April 1987 there are still seven more people before the courts.

(7) Yes.