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.
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.)
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 act.crimestoppers.com.au. You could be rewarded up to $1,000 if the information you provide leads to an arrest.
To report information about drug related activity, please head to Make a Report.