Public’s help sought in the fight against illicit drugs

A new state-wide campaign aimed at mobilising members of the public in the fight against illicit drugs is underway in Tuggerah Lakes Police District.
The Dob in a Dealer campaign, funded by the Commonwealth Government, is aimed at stopping Australia’s supply of illicit drugs, including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.
The campaign is being held in 14 locations across NSW, with police and Crime Stoppers conducting intensive community-engagement activities to highlight the important role that members of the public play in helping police shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers.
Local residents are being urged to contact Crime Stoppers to report drug-dealing activities, with all information treated in the strictest of confidence.
Tuggerah Lakes Police District Commander, Superintendent John Gralton, said the manufacture and supply of illicit drugs remains of serious concern to the community, particularly in areas where it has taken hold, and is seriously impacting the lives of people who live there.
“Our officers see the impact of illicit drugs in the community on a daily basis, and police, together with the community, want it to stop,” Supt Gralton said.
“The message we want to share today is that the community can help police stem the flow of drugs by providing confidential information about those involved in the manufacture and supply.
“Members of the public should not feel bad about dobbing in drug dealers as they do not care about you or your family, they do not care if people become addicted, commit crimes to feed their habit, or overdose and die.
“They only care about the money they can make,” Supt Gralton said.
Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said responding to drug-related offences not only costs millions of dollars in healthcare and law enforcement, but tragically and unnecessarily, it costs human lives.
“Someone’s son or daughter is likely to die today because of a drug dealer selling their poison for profit,” Price said.
“We know from history that public support helps police intervene in criminal activity and disrupt organised crime gangs who are responsible for the manufacture and supply of these drugs.
“When this campaign was first launch in 2016, reports to Crime Stoppers about drug related activity increased by 126 per cent.
“We don’t want to know who you are, we just want to know what you know.
“We’re asking you to be a mate and look out for the welfare of family, friends and colleagues by reporting to Crime Stoppers anything you have seen or heard that could relate to the import, manufacture or supply of illicit drugs, and help police bring those responsible to justice,” Price said.

Media release, Jan 8
NSW Police Media

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