A huge drug haul from police operations in the Lismore area recovered drugs, weapons and technology. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
A huge drug haul from police operations in the Lismore area recovered drugs, weapons and technology. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Police campaign to combat surge in “ice” drug use

THE possession and use of amphetamines, like the drug "ice", has sky-rocketed in Lismore in the last two years, with crime statistics showing an 80% increase.

They re-enforce the need for a state-wide "Dob in a Dealer" police campaign to combat the dangerous drug, which will be rolled out in the Richmond and Tweed/Byron Local Area Commands mid-year.

The increase in amphetamine possession and use n Lismore puts the rates well above the state average with 141.6 incidents per 100,000 population recorded, 15% higher than the state average of 121.6.

Byron Bay and Tweed Local Government Areas have even higher rates with Byron clocking up 168 recorded incidents per 100,000 and Tweed, 198.1 - almost 50% more than the state average,

Although they rank as some of the highest amphetamine incidents in the state, their rate of increase is slightly less than Lismore's with Tweed showing a 66% increase per year while Byron's is stable.

The figures are from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research tallied to September 2015.

Ten years ago, Tweed LGA had an amphetamine use/possess rate of just 20.9 - lower than the NSW average of 30.5 - while Byron had more than double with 56.4 per 100,000.

The "Dob in a Dealer" campaign, which aims to mobilise members of the public in the fight against the drug ice (crystal methylamphetamine) will be rolled out to 21 locations in NSW over the next six months.

The campaign will run in each location for two weeks, during which police and Crime Stoppers will conduct intensive community-engagement activities.

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

Local residents will be urged to contact Crime Stoppers, where they can anonymously report drug-dealing activities.

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.

The "Dob in a Dealer" campaign will be rolled out in the Richmond LAC on May 23, and the Tweed/Byron command on June 13.



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