Public needed as ‘eyes and ears’ to stop ice supply
POLICE are zeroing in on manufacturers and suppliers of ice in an attempt to curb use of the illicit drug on the Coffs Coast.
Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command Superintendent Mark Holahan said the approach of targeting users wasn't having an impact on the supply chain.
"We're very proactive at the moment - over the last 12 months we've searched more than 5500 people," Supt Holahan said.
"I think a lot of the drugs we're finding is a direct result of that activity.
"What we're seeing is it's not really making a dent, so the focus has to change from dealing with the people on the streets - the users - to looking at the suppliers and manufacturers of this drug."
Supt Holahan was speaking at the local launch of the statewide Dob in a Dealer campaign, which encourages the community to report information relating to the suspected supply and manufacture of illicit drugs.
He said police need help in identifying those connected to illicit drug distribution.
"Dob in a Dealer is a Commonwealth-funded initiative where the NSW Police Force works with Crime Stoppers, and what we're trying to do is engage with the community and encourage them to come forward and report ice dealers in the Coffs-Clarence Command," he said.
"What we're seeing is a move from the traditional drugs of ecstasy and cannabis more to ice and it's a real concern to us as a command.
"What we want the community to do is be our eyes and ears and don't assume we know everything."
Supt Holahan said there were a number of things community members should take note of, including the movement of people around residences, darkened windows and strange odours coming from houses.
Business people should be aware of large purchases of chemicals used for the manufacture of drugs, glassware and plastic packaging such as small zip-lock bags.
"Do you want to live in an ice-affected, drug-riddled community or do you want to make a stand?
"Support your police to arrest these peddlers of death and let's have the community we all deserve."
Dob in a Dealer posters, drink coasters and television advertisements will be rolled out across the region over the next fortnight.
Information can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or using the online reporting page.