CALLS to Crime Stoppers led to police seizing almost half a million dollars worth of drugs on the Gold Coast last year, it has been revealed.
Queensland Police released the statistics this week, ahead of the national launch of the successful ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign on Monday.
The program, funded by the Federal Government, is aimed at stopping the supply of crystal meth (ICE), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.
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In 2017, more than $423,000 dollars’ worth of drugs were seized and over 950 charges laid on the Gold Coast thanks to calls to Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging Gold Coasters to continue reporting drug-dealing offences to help disrupt the manufacture and supply of drugs in their suburb.
Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO, Trevor O’Hara said information from the public was invaluable to police on the front line.
“Criminal drug related activity is not only costing millions of dollars in healthcare and law enforcement, but it is tragically and unnecessarily costing human lives,” Mr O’Hara said.
“Through Dob in a Dealer, we’re not asking you to dob in your mate.
“We’re asking you to be a mate, and look after the welfare for friends, family 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.
“You don’t have to have the complete story. Your small piece of information could be the missing piece of the puzzle.”
Anyone with any information about the manufacture or supply of drugs can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.