Public plays vital drug-seizure role
NATIONAL Drug Action Week prompted Gympie police to thank the district's communities for passing on information that led to significant arrests and drug seizures this year.
Detectives investigate every claim made by members of the public and much of this "historical information" contributes to the removal of large amounts of dangerous drugs from the local area.
In the past six months detectives have arrested and charged 68 people on 128 drug-related charges for possession and production of dangerous drugs and other related matters.
While drug labs are being detected in Queensland at an alarming rate - 181 drug labs have been located across Queensland in less than six months - in Gympie alone, drug crime rate is below average with one meth lab and an indoor cannabis crop under hydroponic lights raided.
But in the whole Gympie Police District officers dealt with five clandestine labs, used to make amphetamines, and four hydroponic cannabis labs, according to Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Kitto.
He asked the public to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhoods and urged people to contact police immediately if they located a lab.
"Police continually work with members of the public to combat the drug culture throughout the Gympie District," he said. "Information received plays a large part in assisting police when it comes to investigating those persons involved in illegal activities."
Crime Stoppers plays an important part in reducing the drug problem. Call the hotline 1800 333 000. Calls are not traced or recorded.