Icy grip of addiction
A NEW campaign encouraging the community to help police stamp out the supply and use of the drug ice starts this weekend.
NSW Police and Crime Stoppers have launched the advertising campaign aimed at mobilising the community in the fight against crystal methylamphetamine.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the campaign will remind residents about the far-reaching effects one call to Crime Stoppers can yield.
"Please do not underestimate the immensely positive impact one anonymous call to Crime Stoppers can make," Commissioner Scipione said.
"In September 2012, a single, anonymous call to Crime Stoppers led to the seizure of 585kg of ice.
"Make no mistake about it: this call stopped millions of deals from making it to the street, preventing untold harm, and, no doubt, saving countless lives."
Police have shut down more than 250 clan labs since the start of 2013.
"Ice is an addictive, destructive and immeasurably dangerous drug that is devastating individuals, families and communities right across this state," Deputy Premier Troy Grant said.
Peter Price, the CEO of Crime Stoppers NSW said anonymity was guaranteed because operators didn't need to know an informants name just the information on where illegal drug manufacture and supply was occurring.
Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said the 'Your call can make a difference' campaign was important.
"Ice has a horrific impact on the social fabric of communities across the state, and the Coffs Harbour electorate is not exempt from its force," he said.