Save our kids, dob in dealers
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.