A surge in drug-related crimes in the Victorian cities of Wodonga and Wangaratta is being blamed for the rising use of the illegal drug ice in the state, reports Tahlia McPherson for Dungog Chronicle.
Significant increase in drug-related crimes
The report quotes statistics indicating that over a four-year period, drug-related crime in Wodonga has risen 37 per cent, while Wangaratta has recorded a 28 per cent jump.
The figures, which also cover 11 major regional centres in Victoria, also report that 50 new drug offences are being recorded every week. The list of offenses include cultivation, manufacture, trafficking, possession, and use of illicit drugs.
The Victorian opposition partly blames the ice epidemic and its consequences on the decision of the Napthine government to slash funding to Victoria Police.
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