Save our kids, dob in deal­ers

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A cam­paign aimed at tak­ing meth deal­ers off the streets will also re­duce over­all crime lev­els in Kar­ratha ac­cord­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, who say chil­dren as young as 11 are tak­ing the drug in­tra­venously.

The na­tional Dob in a Dealer cam­paign, spear­headed by WA Po­lice and the State’s Crime Stop­pers branch, urges the pub­lic to call in with in­for­ma­tion that might re­duce the scourge of ice on our streets.

Kar­ratha po­lice say they are very con­cerned about how il­licit drug use, par­tic­u­larly metham­phetamine, is driv­ing flow-on crime in the Pil­bara.

Speak­ing at the cam­paign launch, Pil­bara Dis­trict in­spec­tor Neville Dock­ery said although thefts were down across the re­gion, il­licit drug use was fu­elling much of what re­mained. “I be­lieve a lot of the crime in the Pil­bara is down to of­fences com­mit­ted to fund drug habits,” he said.

Pil­bara Dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Coombes said drug use was linked to lo­cal youth crime.

“We have in­tel­li­gence in the Pil­bara of 11-year-olds us­ing ice through sy­ringes,” he said.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said re­ports of fam­ily break­downs and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as a re­sult of drug use were com­mon themes in com­mu­nity dis­cus­sions.

He had also heard of truck driv­ers be­ing of­fered large sums to smug­gle loads of meth into town.

Crime Stop­pers chief ex­ec­u­tive Kim Har­ri­son said the new cam­paign would fo­cus on re­gional WA com­mu­ni­ties where meth was an en­trenched prob­lem.

Mr Har­ri­son said the cam­paign was firmly fo­cused on cut­ting off the sup­ply of meth at the source, us­ing lo­cal inside knowl­edge.

“We’re not fo­cus­ing on users; it’s the peo­ple who are ex­ploit­ing users we’re af­ter,” he said.

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