Police need community help to tackle ‘ice’ scourge
POLICE have admitted they are "desperate" for help from local residents in fighting the "dangerous and destructive" ice epidemic on the Northern Rivers.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said tackling the issue would require vital information from residents.
He said no matter how small the information was, it would be treated seriously.
"We know that ice (crystal methylamphetamine) is a major issue in this area," Det Chief Insp Lindsay said.
"It is a focus of the police.
"We've made some significant arrests and charges in relation to that.
"The police cannot solve this problem by themselves.
"We desperately need the whole community to say enough is enough."
Det Chief Insp Lindsay said most neighbours of drug related crimes had some idea about what may be happening in their neighbourhood.
"Strange coming and goings at all hours of the night, blackened windows, cars pulling up and leaving in short periods of time, shows there is some kind of illicit business occurring," he said.
"Things going missing from their cars, the associated petty crime that comes with drug dealing.
"Most theft and property offences happen within a short distance either from where a drug addict lives or where a drug addict purchases their drugs."
The use of ice has increased because it is more concentrated and cheaper than speed, Det Chief Insp Lindsay said.
But it is also much more addictive.
Ice users are prone to "highly aggressive states", putting both frontline police officers, health workers and community members at risk.
In May and June, a NSW police campaign will be rolled out in Richmond and Tweed/Byron LACs, urging residents to Dob in a Dealer.
The campaign will highlight the important role members of the public have in helping police shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arresting drug suppliers.
If you think you have information about someone in your community who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation or report securely online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.