Region's Superintendent calls for help to deal with ice
NORTHERN Rivers top cop Superintendent Greg Martin has spoken out about the destructive effects the drug ice is causing throughout the region.
The Richmond Local Area commander aired his concerns to support the launch of the NSW Police 2015 ice reporting campaign.
"Far too many families in the Northern Rivers are having to deal with the unrelenting havoc this horrible drug wreaks," he said.
"Local police have seen first hand how this drug can transform friendly, capable people into violent, paranoid individuals who are unable to be reasoned with.
"Officers across the entirety of the NSW Police Force are working together to combat the ice scourge.
"Regional and rural commands are working closely with colleagues in the Drug Squad, as well as local community groups to tackle the use and supply of ice in country towns."
Supt Martin said just last month Lismore officers were forced to break down the door of a home after a man went on an ice 'bender'.
"Officers had to use a Taser to apprehend a 28-year-old man who had allegedly detained, assaulted and threatened a number of his relatives while on a four to five-day ice bender," he said.
"The man, from Lismore, has had numerous run-ins with police and many of the offences he has committed have taken place while he was on, or looking to get on, ice."
In 2014, 43 people were arrested for amphetamine possession in the Richmond Local Area Command, more than double the 17 arrested in 2013.
Supt Martin said police were doing everything possible to combat the ice scourge and called on the community to help.
"Dozens of people on the Northern Rivers are doing their bit to help police get ice and other drugs out of our community and we're encouraging more people to join the fight," he said.
"If you have any information about ice supply on the Northern Rivers, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."