CAMPAIGN RESULTS IN QUEENSLAND TO DATE:
Since campaign launch on 29 February 2016 - total reports (up to 20 December 2016) = 5,081
From this information - a total of 587 Offenders have been arrested on 1,798 charges. $1,012,047 worth of illegal drugs have been seized and $44,815 proceeds of crime confiscated.
The top five locations for arrests are Gold Coast Central, Ipswich, Caboolture, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast.
Some of the charges not related to drug activity also achieved include: Weapons Act Offences (42), Explosives/Trespass (21), Possession of Tainted Property (17), Break and Enter Offences (7), Breach of Bail (6), Stealing as a Servant (3), Fraud Offences (3).
86.5% of reports passed to the Queensland Police Service remain under investigation.
Here is the breakdown for our Volunteer Area Committee Locations for the volume of ICE related reports received during 29 Feb - 20 Dec 2016:
|Brisbane Central (BRIS 801)||133|
|Brisbane Metropolitan North||139|
|Brisbane Metropolitan South||189|
|Gold Coast Central (GC583)||419|
|Gold Coast North||149|
|Other Non Committee Locations||182|
Time is up for drug dealers in Queensland, with Crime Stoppers calling on residents to report information about those manufacturing and distributing crystal methylamphetamine (‘ICE’) and other illicit drugs.
Crime Stoppers is asking all Queenslanders to support the Dob in a Dealer campaign which aims to gather information about local drug dealing activity.
The Crime Stoppers Dob in a Dealer program is being rolled out across Australia to aid in the detection and disruption of drugs harming local communities.
Residents are urged to contact Crime Stoppers to anonymously report any information relating to people who may be bringing harmful drugs into the local community.
“We know that drugs like ICE or methylamphetamines are of serious concern to the community”, Crime Stoppers Chief Executive Officer Mr Trevor O’Hara said.
“The community are well aware of the devastating effects of ICE so we are asking all residents to help put a stop to the flow of drugs. Halting the spread of ICE requires a whole-of-community response and Dob in a Dealer is specifically aimed at stopping the manufacture and supply of drugs.”
“Crime Stoppers is committed to working with the Queensland Police Service, the media and local residents to gather anonymous information that can help to reduce drug supply and drug related crimes and help keep the community safe,” Mr O’Hara said.
“Local residents often hold the key to information that can help solve and prevent crime. We are asking residents in Queensland to play an active role and report those people that are bringing harmful drugs into the state.
“Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Information providers will never be identified or called to a court case, but every piece of information provided can help solve crimes and reduce the supply of drugs.”
If you have information about someone in your community who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, report securely online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au or download the mobile app to report.
Crime Stoppers is focused on gathering information to stop the supply and manufacture of drugs. If you or someone you know is affected by drug use or addiction, please contact support services such as Family Drug Help on 1300 660 068 or Youth Support and Advocacy Service on 1800 014 446.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, helping to keep families and communities safe. We work closely with police and media to receive valuable information from the public which helps to stop, solve and prevent crime.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is ice?
In a non-scientific or technical explanation, ‘ice’ is simply the commonly used name for the crystalline form of methylamphetamine.
Methylamphetamine (Ice) can be manufactured in several forms including powder, paste, crystalline or liquid. The form does not necessarily indicate the level of purity. Ice that appears crystalline can be of either high or low purity or sometimes contain no actual methylamphetamine at all.
It produces a strong nervous system response (in layman's terms, a more powerful and longer lasting high) that often results in prolonged sleep deprivation – just one of the harmful side effects.
How do you explain the rise in use in this community?
Although the most reliable data indicates a significant rise in the frequency of use and availability of methylamphetamine, compared to other types of amphetamine, it is difficult for Police to know precise prevalence as they can only report on what is seized and examined.
However, we understand that the purity of methylamphetamine has increased and police and the community are concerned about the increased prevalence and the harms it causes, not only for the individuals affected but also families and relatives of those suffering problems and the wider community.
How much crime is associated with the use of ice?
It is difficult to place an exact figure on the flow on effects of ice, however we do know that there remains a strong link between people that are drug dependent and the committal of other crimes, in particular crimes against the person and property crimes. This is often related to having the capacity to fund ongoing drug use.
Crystalline methylamphetamine can make some users more prone to aggression and increases their propensity to respond to situational stressors with violence. The most reliable statistical indicator is that Victoria Police data suggests around one-fifth of methylamphetamine offenders committed a violent crime during 2012-13.
What chemical ingredients are used to manufacture ice?
There is no way of knowing the full extent of the range of toxic ingredients that are used in the manufacture of methylamphetamine. It is an illegal and unregulated market so there is no real way for people to know exactly what they’re consuming.
Who is manufacturing it and who is selling it?
Evidence suggests that most consumers purchase methylamphetamine from people they know or who they associate with, such as friends or friends of friends.
It is largely a closed market, in the sense that there no major ‘open air’ drug markets where people can buy methylamphetamine off the ‘street corner’.
Law enforcement understands that a range of organised criminal networks are involved in the manufacture, distribution and importation of methylamphetamine.
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are not the only high level organised crime groups involved.
How much does it cost?
Given the unregulated nature of the drug market, prices vary according to a range of factors including supply and demand, availability and purity, as well as the amount purchased.
Is it true that ice is more pure now than ever before?
As above, given the unregulated nature of the drug market, purity varies according to a range of factors. Appearance of the drug is NOT a good indicator of purity. Methylamphetamine is an unsafe, untested and volatile substance that means quality controls are non-existent, however recent data indicators suggest that purity levels range between 30% and 70%. This poses a danger for users who cannot know the purity of the product they are using.
What are you doing about this issue?
Crime Stoppers Dob in a Dealer campaign provides the community with access to a confidential reporting hotline and online portal in order to assist the police by gathering important community intelligence. Methylamphetamine (Ice) requires a whole of community response and Crime Stoppers provides the community with the tools to contribute to stopping the manufacture and stopping the supply. It is part of a toolkit of strategies across a range of sectors, including law enforcement and health care aimed at reducing the harm to community.
All police jurisdictions undertake a range of actions including specialised task forces at all levels of the drug trade, from regional or localised operations through to higher level border controls, often in collaboration with other states and federal police to disrupt the supply and demand of methylamphetamine.
Law enforcement agencies routinely collaborate on operations regarding the distribution and importation through, and across borders, particularly postage and ports. (Example: Monday 15 Feb, 2016 Ice Importation Seizure http://www.smh.com.au/national/ice-worth-1-billion-seized-in-joint-crime-group-operation-20160215-gmu4nz.html
Some law enforcement agencies across Australia have a long standing and recognised use of drug diversion and referral pathways for low level offenders, which provides early interventions before the harms associated with drug use become more problematic.
Data clearly indicates that the vast majority of persons diverted into treatment for drug use or possession do not re-offend; hence prevention of problematic drug use is (along with law enforcement) a core focus for both police and government.
* Queensland does not undertake drug diversion pathways for any drug use other than cannabis.
How can I tell if someone I know is using ice?
This is a difficult question to answer, since many indicators may not present until a person begins to experience significant problems. Prior to experiencing acute or long lasting harm a person may consume a range of drugs (including methylamphetamine) without exhibiting overt signs of drug use.
There are some obvious indicators such as cash going missing from the family home, long periods of time without sleep and major changes in behaviour, social groups or interests.
Some indicators often cited may not necessarily indicate drug use, particularly among adolescents and young people, who go through life phases and behavioural changes that are normal, such as moodiness, disinterest in previous activities, fatigue and socialising late at night.
For more detailed information on this particular question it is best that a health professional or drug & alcohol worker provide a more informed response.
What if my son / daughter / partner / friend is using drugs and needs immediate help? Will he/she be arrested by police?
If police are called to an incident where a person is suffering severe health related effects, in the case of an overdose, for example, we view this as a medical emergency first and foremost.
Before pursuing any charges for 'use and possess' offences, some law enforcement agencies may normally consider the use of diversion and other preventative or referral pathways as an alternative to a formal charge. *This does not apply to Queensland.
What can I do to stop my son / daughter / partner using ice?
It is very difficult to provide a definitive answer. We cannot arrest our way out of this and we cannot force people to attend treatment. Accessing support and health services is an important step to take in recovering from drug use.
For more detailed information on available support services and strategies please refer to:
DrugInfo is a service provided by the Australian Drug Foundation that offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms. They provide easy access to information about prevention of alcohol and other drug harms, through publications, resource centres and seminars.
Family Drug Help
Family Drug Help provides a specialist service to support family members and friends who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use. They offer family counselling, support groups, sibling support and a 24/7 phone service on 1300 660 068.
As mentioned, we are unable to force anyone into treatment - even through diversion - however; if a person is found committing an offence (possess/use) police are able to use discretion to divert someone on the condition that they attend treatment and an understanding that charges may be laid for failing to do so. Consent and admission of guilt are required for diversion.
§ While there was no significant increase in methylamphetamine use in 2013, there was a change in the main form of methylamphetamine used.
§ Use of powder decreased significantly from 51% to 29% while the use of crystalline methamphetamine more than doubled, from 22% in 2010 to 50% in 2013.
§ People also used methylamphetamine more frequently in 2013, with a significant increase in the proportion of people using daily or weekly (from 12.4% to 25.3%).
§ The most common illicit drug used, both recently and over the lifetime, was cannabis, at 10.2% and 35% respectively.
§ People aged 20–29 were more likely to use illicit drugs than those in any other age group (27%).
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