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Murray Mallee Locals Asked To Dob In A Dealer

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Dob in a dealer, that’s what locals in the Murray Mallee are being asked to do, as the use of the drug ice continues to rise.

Crimestoppers SA, Murray Bridge police and member for Barker Tony Pasin, have teamed up to help put those who manufacture or sell drugs, out of business.

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Officer in charge of the Murray Bridge Local Service Area Superintendant James Blandford, Chair of Crimestoppers SA Sharon Hanlon and Member for Barker Tony Pasin

They're calling on all of us to pass on any information that may lead to an arrest. Chair of Crimestoppers SA Sharon Hanlon says they understand coming forward can be dangerous so is assuring anyone thinking of doing so, that your identity can absolutely remain anonymous.

"We rigorously ensure that anonymity is maintained, if someone reports via the website or indeed now you can download a Crimestoppers app, the IP addresses are stripped out of those reports as they're processed and before they're actually forwarded on to the police. It's something that we guard very seriously."

She says the response to the initiative launched in other areas including the Riverland, has been very successful.

"We've done a couple of launches down in the city both in the southern suburbs and western suburbs and on the back of our experience to date, we've had about a 300% increase on average."

Use of the drug ice has reportedly more than doubled since 2007 with an estimated 200,000 Australians saying they used ice in 2013. In the years from 2009/10 to 2013/14, the number of people hospitalised related to the use of methamphetamines increased five fold.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin has put anyone in the drug business in the Murray Mallee on notice.

"We're sending a message right now that if you are dealing in this drug you are the number one target and we will deal with you and we will deal with you forcefully because you are harming our community, you're hurting families and you're destroying lives."

He is also calling on anyone using drugs who can't escape the cycle, to come forward and help end those causing their misery.

"If you want us to end this crisis pick up the phone and give us the information that only you have, because that is arguably the quickest and most efficient way for police to break down the business model that is causing so much harm."

Officer in charge of the Murray Bridge Local Service Area Superintendant James Blandford says there are many things to look out for when it comes to spotting illegal drug activity in your neighbourhood.

"People coming and going, very short term visitors all times of the day or night or particular times where it's active, chemical smells lights on when they shouldn't be on, houses that are literally unoccupied then all of a sudden there's movement. It's really just anything that causes you some sort of concern or is unusual, we're happy to hear about it."