Many small towns in Australia have already been overrun by crystal meth or ice, but the residents of one such town in New South Wales have learned how to fight back, says Jonathan Pearlman in a report for The Telegraph.
“Dob in a Dealer”
A cooperation between Wellington police and the town’s residents have resulted in a programme that encourages locals to anonymously tip off the authorities on the ice-peddling activities of local dealers. Dubbed as “Dob in a Dealer”, the program appears to be working. The availability of ice has been reduced, and a number of arrests have already been made, all in the space of three months.
For residents, the changes caused by the programme are quite noticeable in the reduction of the frequency of firecrackers exploding, which they know and understand to be a signal that a fresh batch of ice has been delivered to a local drug dealer. What used to be almost a nightly occurrence has already become a once or twice a week thing.
According to police, some of the anonymous tipsters are actually neighbours and even relatives of the drug dealers. They provide police names, addresses and even times and places for picking up their merchandise.
There is no doubt that the help provided by Wellington’s residents is invaluable to the authorities of their little town. We could only wish that residents of towns and cities bigger than Wellington have similar programmes that will help them fight back against the ice epidemic. Then again, we also understand that making a stand against local drug dealers can be really dangerous, and that’s why we salute the citizens of Wellington even more for their bravery.
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