Putting dealers on ‘ice’ with new campaign

POLICE have launched an intensive two week campaign aimed at mobilising the Northern Rivers community to report any suspicious activity that could be used to help combat the growing scourge of 'ice' on our streets.

Crime Stoppers NSW Director Peter Price was at Lismore police station yesterday for the start of the two week 'Dob in a Dealer' campaign across the Richmond Local Area Command (LAC).

The state-wide campaign will run in each LAC for two weeks, during which police and Crime Stoppers will conduct intensive community-engagement activities designed to educate the public on the dangers of illicit drugs.

They will also highlight the important role members of the public have in helping police shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers.

Mr Price said residents are urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously to report any suspicions related to drug-dealing, particularly 'ice' (crystal methylamphetamine).

"These are our friends and neighbours and families that are dying from this drug," he said.

"Make no mistake, people are dying from this drug every day and these criminals that are perpetuating this problem are living the high life.

"There's more of us, in terms of civilians, than there are police uniformed officers and we have to help them.

"Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential. You will never be identified or called up for a court case, but every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce supply."

Richmond LAC Superintendent Greg Martin said it was a particularly worrying drug for police due to the aggression, violence, strength and unpredictability of users.

"People become quite violent on the drug and emergency services workers and health workers at emergency departments are becoming injured and the prevalence of that is becoming more and more common," he said.

Superintendent Martin said although his Local Area Command was in "the middle of the pack" for the number of laboratories and ice-related charges in New South Wales, Casino, western areas, and remote towns like Drake, had a higher prevalence of the drug.

The seven signs of a drug house are strange odours, diverted electricity, chemical waste, blacked-out windows, hoses and popes in strange place, blinds down with bright indoor lighting and cars arriving at odd hours.

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.

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