ACT Policing has seized over 51kg of suspected illicit drugs worth an potential estimated combined street value of about $2 998 000 during the three month campaign (between September and December) targeting illicit drugs in the Canberra community.
Detective Sergeant Shane Scott said the results ACT Policing has had so far have been better than he anticipated.
“On top of these results in the last three weeks since the campaign ended officers have seized more than one million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs and assets,” Detective Sergeant Scott said.
“We saw a 50.5 per cent increase in calls to Crime Stoppers in relation to illicit drug activity in our community compared to the same time frame last year. In total we received 140 reports from members of the public which is a fantastic outcome.”
“We are still assessing all the information received from the public and I would like to assure the community that detectives will look into each and every report, but these types of investigations take time and we will hopefully see more results in the coming months.”
The information ACT Policing received has already resulted in multiple warrants and the subsequent seizure of suspected illicit drugs and criminal assets.
“On December 4 police executed a search warrant on a home in Isabella Plains as a direct result of information received through Crime Stoppers and this shows the direct effect people can have on criminal activity in their neighbourhood,” Detective Sergeant Scott said.
“We are still urging anyone with information regarding illicit drugs in the community to contact Crime Stoppers.”
Anyone who has information on illicit drugs can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.