Crime Stoppers ‘Say Something Amphetamine Phone-in Campaign to be Held on 19th November
Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 9, 2010
Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor today called on people to say something to Crime Stoppers if they know about the manufacture and dealing of amphetamines.
“A national phone-in day will be held on 19 November, giving a special opportunity for the public to give valuable information about illicit drug making and selling in our towns and cities.
“We all want a community where our kids can grow up happy and healthy, free from the threat of crime or exposure to illicit drugs. This is one way you can help achieve that,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Crime Stoppers is a 24 hour hotline to receive information from the public about crime in our community. You can call anonymously and will receive a reward if your information leads to a conviction.”
“So say something if you know that there is amphetamine manufacturing or dealing happening in your community. You don’t have to put up with it.”
“No matter how small the detail is, it may be the missing piece of the puzzle that leads to an arrest, the discovery of a clandestine laboratory and it may help save lives.”
“The national phone-in is on 19 November – but if you have information – don’t wait. Call now.”
As well as being illegal, the manufacture of drugs in clandestine laboratories is very dangerous.
“Backyard drug labs pose huge public health risks. They can emit dangerous fumes, poison water and land and cause fires or explosions. Children have consumed drug making ingredients and become seriously ill.”
Drug trafficking is the cash cow of organised crime, which is estimated to cost the Australian community about $15 billion a year. The abuse of illicit drugs is estimated to cost Australia another $8.2 billion annually.
“We want to stop drug manufacturers and dealers and protect Australian families.”
The Gillard Government supports Crime Stoppers with $500 000 a year. This year, $80 000 of that funding will go directly to the Say Something amphetamine phone-in campaign.
“I congratulate Crime Stoppers and police forces across Australia on this important initiative.”
The Crime Stoppers hotline is 1800 333 000.
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