The campaign, part of a nationwide program funded by the Federal Government to stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis, was launched in October 2018 and will run until March 2019.

Representatives from ACT Region Crime Stoppers, ACT Policing and Neighbourhood Watch engaged with members of the public to give advice on what to look for and how they can take action against the manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs in their community. The pop-up stand featured an example of a clandestine laboratory displaying everyday items used to create illicit substances, such as cold and flu medication, methylated spirits, bleach, pesticide and ordinary laboratory equipment.

“We received a wonderful response from the public at a similar event in Gungahlin last November and are excited to connect with people in Canberra’s South,” said ACT Crime Stoppers Chair, Diana Forrester. “People have actually been quite shocked to see everyday items that are used to make illicit substances such as methylamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine and heroin,” Diana continued.

Since the campaign launched in October 2018, there has a been a total of 879 drug-related reports received by ACT Region Crime Stoppers, with a 120% increase in reports in the two weeks following. (Figures from 2 Oct 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.)

“With the help from members of the public, we can shut down clandestine laboratories in our community and reduce the amount of drugs on ACT streets that may take the life of someone you know,” Detective Acting Superintendent of Criminal Investigations Harry Hains said.

Drug dealing often happens in plain sight, so Crime Stoppers and ACT Policing are urging members of the public to report any behaviour or information that may assist police to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or visiting You could be rewarded up to $1,000 if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

For more information, head to the ACT Region Crime Stoppers website or the Facebook and Twitter pages.

To report information about drug related activity, please head to Make a Report.

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