Gympie drug dealers on notice with new police campaign
DRUG dealers in and around the Gympie region have been put on notice by the local launch of the Federal Government's Dob in a Dealer campaign.
Gympie Police officer Rob Lowry and the region's leading political figures including Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, Gympie MP Tony Perrett and Mayor Mick Curran took a strong stand on the local drug issue at the official campaign launch in Memorial Park yesterday afternoon.
The campaign encourages Gympie residents to help Crime Stoppers Queensland curb the supply chain of dangerous drugs like methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis by "reporting anything they know about drug-dealing offences”.
Crime Stoppers figures showed 540 reports on drug-related activity in the Gympie region in 2017, with more than $213,000 worth of drugs seized as a result.
Detective Sergeant Lowry said police valued the local community's efforts to help with investigations "very highly”.
He said most of the anonymous information police received was related to drugs and similar types of investigations, but Crime Stoppers tip-offs had also helped solve murders and armed robberies in addition to trafficking of dangerous drugs.
"This campaign is important to us as police. We rely on the eyes and ears of the community to come forward and talk to Crime Stoppers anonymously, safely and risk-free about anyone who's dealing drugs in the community,” Det Sgt Lowry said.
"I'd like to think the drug dealers in Gympie are always on notice, the work we do is very proactive in that space ... but it is a message to drug dealers that this campaign is in existence and they just never know that someone is coming forward and telling Crime Stoppers about their activities.”
Mr O'Brien and Cr Curran, both former police officers, said they both felt personal connections to the campaign and had seen first-hand the destruction of lives caused by drugs, as well as links between drugs and violent crimes.
The duo said they hoped to see more culprits held to account for their actions.
Mr Perrett said the community "needs to do everything we can to stop the supply and distribution of dangerous drugs in our region”.
"The impact of drug use is insidious and it is not just the user but their families, friends and our broader community which is affected,” Mr Perrett 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.crimstoppers.com.au.