Drug dealers on notice, as Crime Stoppers NT launches campaign in Katherine

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The spotlight is set to shine on local drug dealers and manufacturers in the Katherine region, as Crime Stoppers NT continues its roll out of the Dob in a Dealer campaign across the Northern Territory.

Crime Stoppers NT deputy chair, Helen Summers, said the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission estimates that about 65.5 kilograms of methylamphetamine is consumed in the Northern Territory each year, as well as 19.5 kilograms of cocaine, 38.2 kilograms of MDMA and 1.1 kilograms of heroin.

“Katherine is not immune to the scourge of ice and other drugs and we need help to disrupt the manufacture and supply by encouraging people to report drug activity happening within the local community,” Ms Summers said.

“Drug dealers and manufacturers are often hiding in plain sight in regional communities, but the fear of reprisal often forces people to turn a blind eye and not speak out. Anonymously contacting Crime Stoppers offers a solution,” she said.

The 2016 Dob in a Dealer campaign in the Northern Territory resulted in a 287% increase in the number of amphetamine-related Information Reports raised for police investigation, while a total of 255 drug-specific Information Reports were raised in the weeks following the launch.

“People know who is selling drugs to their family, friends and colleagues. They might think it’s up to someone else to do something, but let’s not kid ourselves about the damage that drug dealers continue to cause. Sitting back and watching drug dealers destroy the lives of the people you care about should not be an option. We need people to make a difference by contacting Crime Stoppers and sharing what they know,” Ms Summers said.

“Crime Stoppers is a safe, trusted link between the community and police. We don’t need to know who someone is, just what they know. Even if someone has little more than a suspicion that still might be the piece of the puzzle that can make all the difference – so our message is for people to make the call and choose to stay anonymous,” she said.

The Dob in a Dealer campaign – which is an initiative funded by the Federal Government – will see posters and flyers distributed through emergency services, local councils and health services, while TV, radio and press advertising further reinforces the message.

Anyone with information about manufacturing or dealing any type of illegal drug can anonymously call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.