Federal Government campaign to stop Ice reaching our state, our communities

The Federal Government is continuing to pour resources into tackling the drug Ice, this time working with the community through a $1 million national ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.

We know that Frankston is a target for trans-national drug dealers to ship Ice. The scourge of ice is ruining individuals and destroying local families.

The national campaign will aim to stop the drug from even reaching our state, let alone our communities, by targeting trans-national drug syndicates.

Information from members of the public is an essential part in helping police and other agencies bust drug manufacture and distribution.

Through ‘Dob in a Dealer’, citizens anywhere in the country can now call Crime Stoppers to report suspicious drug related activity which can then be acted upon.

Working with the community through the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is just one part of the Federal Government’s commitment to tackling Ice, with another $18 million announced recently to establish a National Criminal Intelligence System; deploy transnational crime analysts to organised crime and drug importation hotspots; and undermine the business models of transnational criminal syndicates that are profiting from the illegal Ice trade.

Recently, the House of Representatives passed legislation to crackdown on middle-men and drug couriers bringing precursors into the country to make Ice.

We have also changed legislation to manage the spread of dangerous synthetic drugs at our borders.

And we are working with the states to improve the capacity of law enforcement agencies to take action against suspected criminals with unexplained wealth.

Earlier this year, the Government announced the National Ice Taskforce, headed by Former Victorian Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay. The taskforce is looking at all existing efforts to address Ice and identifying the best ways to approach education, health and law enforcement.

I commend our community for uniting in the fight against the drug, with more than 300 people recently attending a forum in Mornington organised by Peninsula Voice.

The community effort in conjunction with national Government action is our best shot at tackling the scourge. I encourage citizens to ‘Dob in a Dealer’ by calling Crime Stoppers’ toll-free number 1800 333 000 or at https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/