Post­codes 2761 and 2770 drug hot spots

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

AL­MOST three peo­ple a day were ar­rested for dru­gre­lated of­fences in the St Marys and Mt Druitt re­gion last year.

In most sub­urbs this num­ber has re­mained sta­ble since 2014.

How­ever, the Bureau of Crime Sta­tis­tics and Re­search re­vealed sub­urbs in the 2761 post­code – Has­sall Grove, Plump­ton and Oakhurst – had an in­crease of more than 55 per cent.

The 2770 post­code, which in­cludes Mt Druitt, Shalvey and Leth­bridge Park, had the high­est num­ber of dru­gre­lated of­fences at 549. This was an in­crease of al­most 50 ar­rests on the pre­vi­ous year.

Rooty Hill and East­ern Creek bucked the trend with drug-re­lated charges, the num­ber de­creas­ing by 20 per year since 2014.

Drug of­fences in Black­town lo­cal govern­ment area were up 12.8 per cent over the past two years, how­ever, the real in­crease was in the Pen­rith lo­cal govern­ment area which snow­balled by 25 per cent in the past two years.

Mt Druitt crime man­ager de­tec­tive In­spec­tor Dave God­dard said most of the drug-re­lated charges in­volved the drug ice.

“The use of pro­hib­ited drugs, in­clud­ing ice, in the com­mu­nity is a con­cern for all,” Insp God­dard said.

“We will con­tinue to be proac­tive and en­force the laws when nec­es­sary when it comes to those us­ing, pos­sess­ing or sup­ply­ing any form of pro­hib­ited drugs.”

A drug ad­dict smokes ice.

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