Crime Stoppers campaign disrupts local drug dealers

The Victorian public are being asked to help Crime Stoppers Victoria and the Victoria Police disrupt the manufacture and supply of drugs in their local areas by reporting anything they know about drug-dealing offences.

The Dob in a Dealer campaign is a nation-wide program funded by the Federal Government to stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.

A media stand-up will be held at the Frankston Police Station at 12PM on Thursday the 25th October to raise awareness for the campaign. Erika Owens, CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria and Inspector Justin Cornford of Victoria Police will address the media and encourage the community to address suspicions of drug dealers in their local area.

Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO, Erika Owens said that public support is crucial in assisting Victoria police intervene with criminals and organised crime gangs responsible for the manufacture and supply of these drugs and alleviate the cost to Australian communities.

“Criminal drug related activity is not only costing millions of dollars in healthcare and law enforcement, but it is tragically and unnecessarily costing human lives,” Erika Owens said.

“We know that information from the community helps to solve crime, we see it every day at Crime Stoppers, so please get behind this campaign and report what you know.

“Together, we can make our community a safer place to work and live.”

Inspector Justin Cornford of Victoria Police reinstated the importance of community involvement when addressing the import, manufacture and supply of illicit drugs.

“Through Dob in a Dealer, we’re not asking you to tell on your friends. We’re asking you to support your friends, family and colleagues by submitting your anonymous reports through Crime Stoppers.

“Together, the Victorian community and the Victoria Police can work together to stem the import, manufacture and supply of illicit drugs. You don’t have to have the complete story. Your small piece of information could be the missing piece of the puzzle,” he added.

If you have any information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous.

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