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Dob in dealers

By Cobram Courier

Police will be closing in on Barooga drug dealers as part of a targeted campaign next month.

The week-long Dob in a Dealer campaign will run in the Murray River Police District from February 19.

The federally-funded campaign has been launched across NSW following the success of the previous campaign, which ran from February 2016 to March 2017, aimed at stopping Australia’s supply of illicit drugs including ice, cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.

Murray River Police District’s Inspector Paul Huggett was looking forward to an excellent response from the community.

‘‘It’s our chance to put these people out of business and disrupt their behaviour and perhaps save our kids, neighbours and friends from being affected by this scourge,’’ he said.

Police and Crime Stoppers will carry out community engagement activities to highlight the important role members of the public play in helping police shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers.

Local residents will also be urged to contact Crime Stoppers to report drug-dealing activities, with all information treated in the strictest of confidence.

‘‘No piece of information is to small or too insignificant. It may be just the information we need to apply for that search warrant or to lawfully target that offender,’’ Insp Huggett said.

‘‘All information will be accessed and acted upon.’’

Data from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commissioner’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program illustrates the ice problem across the country.

In the past year, cocaine consumption in NSW increased, with the state also having the country’s highest recorded heroin usage.

The campaign targets criminals who are manufacturing and supplying illicit drugs — and even one phone call to Crime Stoppers can have an impact.

Crime Stoppers NSW chief executive Peter Price said responding to drug-related offences not only cost millions in healthcare and law enforcement, but tragically and unnecessarily costs lives.

‘‘Someone’s son or daughter is likely to die today because of a drug dealer selling their poison for profit,’’ Mr Price said.

‘‘We know from history that public support helps police intervene in criminal activity and disrupt organised crime gangs who are responsible for the manufacture and supply of these drugs.

‘‘When this campaign was first launched in 2016, reports to Crime Stoppers about drug-related activity increased by 126 per cent.

‘‘We don’t want to know who you are, we just want to know what you know ... Anything you have seen or heard that could relate to the import, manufacture or supply of illicit drugs and help police bring those responsible to justice.’’

●If you think you have information about someone in your community who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation, or report securely online at www.crimestoppers.com.au