Gladstone campaign deals blow to local drug dealers

Gladstone residents are being asked to help Crime Stoppers Queensland and the Queensland Police Service disrupt the manufacture and supply of drugs in their local area. Residents are being asked to report anything they know about drug-dealing offences.   

The Dob in a Dealer campaign has been launched in Gladstone recently. Funded by the Federal Government the initiative aims to stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ICE), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.   

Crime Stoppers Queensland General Manager, Jonathon Cowley said the Dob in a Dealer campaign is not focused on addicted users but targets the supply and manufacture chain of illicit drugs. “Family and friends who have users that are addicted and are unsure of how to help without effecting their relationships are encouraged to call. By contacting crime stoppers anonymously, it gives them the power to tell us about suppliers and shut down the supply ring that way, this, in turn, helps their loved ones to kick the habit and get the help that they need”.  

Mr Cowley encourages residents to report any suspicious activity or any information. He said that the beauty of this campaign is that all the little pieces of information are investigated by the crime stoppers team to help understand the bigger picture. “One of those little pieces of information could actually be the missing piece to the puzzle,” he said. 

Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO, Trevor O’Hara said that criminal drug-related activity came at great cost to the community.  “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,” he said.   

In 2017, more than $150,000 dollars’ worth of drugs was seized and one in four reports made to Crime Stoppers Queensland in the Gladstone region included reference to ICE.   

“Through Dob in a Dealer, we’re not asking you to dob in your mates. We’re asking you to be a mate and look after the welfare for friends, family and colleagues by reporting to Crime Stoppers anything you have seen or heard that could relate to the import, manufacture or supply of illicit drugs. You don’t have to have the complete story,” Mr O’Hara added.