That next sale might just be the last for Limestone Coast drug dealers
Posted on 28/01/2019
Local drug dealers and manufacturers will have even more reason to look over their shoulder and worry about the constant threat of capture, with Crime Stoppers SA launching its Dob in a Dealer campaign in the Millicent, Robe and Kingston areas of the Limestone Coast.
The local campaign follows similar launch events in other regional SA locations late last year, as well as ongoing community-based activities right across Australia designed to encourage people to anonymously provide information about anyone making, growing or selling drugs.
The Dob in a Dealer campaign is a nation-wide program funded by the Federal Government to stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.
Crime Stoppers South Australia Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said “Drug dealers are often hiding in plain sight within regional communities, with some people finding it easier to turn a blind eye and not speak out for fear of retaliation – but anonymously contacting Crime Stoppers offers a solution.”
“In South Australia, the last Dob in a Dealer campaign which ran from February 2016 to March 2017 saw more than 240 reports made concerning drug related activity, which contributed to a number of arrests and reports and provided police with numerous strong investigative leads that saw the seizure of an array of drugs, firearms and stolen property,” she said.
“Because regional communities are close-knit, people tend to know who is selling drugs to their family, friends and colleagues. They might feel powerless when it comes to doing something about it or think it’s up to someone else, but let’s not kid ourselves about the damage that drug dealers continue to cause. Sitting back and watching dealers destroy the lives of the people you care about should not be an option. We need people to make a difference by contacting Crime Stoppers and sharing what they know.”
Ms Hanlon said the campaign includes distribution of flyers across the region, advertising in local media, and direct engagement with the community.
“Through Dob in a Dealer, we’re asking you to be a mate and look after the welfare of those you care most about by reporting to Crime Stoppers anything you have seen or heard that could relate to the import, manufacture or supply of any illicit drug.”
“Crime Stoppers is a safe, trusted link between the community and police. We don’t need to know who someone is, just what they know. Even if someone has little more than a suspicion that still might be the piece of the puzzle that can make all the difference – so our message is for people to make the call and choose to stay anonymous,” she said.
If you have any information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au. You can remain anonymous.
Anyone with information about manufacturing or dealing any type of illegal drug can anonymously call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au Rewards are available.