Public tip-offs led to more than $1,000,000 worth of drugs being taken off Sunshine Coast streets in 2017.
Public tip-offs led to more than $1,000,000 worth of drugs being taken off Sunshine Coast streets in 2017. Pixabay

Locals take $1 million in drugs off Sunshine Coast streets

PUBLIC tip-offs led to more than $1,000,000 worth of drugs being taken off Sunshine Coast streets in 2017.

New data from Crime Stoppers Queensland has revealed the massive role tip-offs play in helping bust drug networks.

Sunshine Coast Crime Stoppers received 1401 tip-offs from the public. These tip-offs helped police seize $1,053,666 of drugs. This was more than any other region in Queensland except Brisbane.

This does not include drugs police seized without any public tip-offs.

Crime Stoppers Sunshine Coast president Greg Beale said the community was key to helping police crack down on the drug trade.

"We know (drugs) are rampant, it's rife on the Sunshine Coast. That's reported back from the police," he said.

"If the drugs are taken off the Sunshine Coast and there's no means to purchase them then I believe crime related to drugs will drop off from that, the burglaries and the break-ins."

Mr Beale said the Coast's chapter had made an effort to market itself better, but was still looking for more volunteers.

Statewide, drug notifications made up two thirds of calls to the service.

Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO Trevor O'Hara said the figures showed how committed Queenslanders were to reducing crime.

"Without the support from the public in 2017, we can assume 2812 individuals would not have been arrested for criminal activity and more than $8 million worth of drugs would still be on the streets. Queenslanders should be proud of the outcomes their reports have achieved," he said.

"We're seeing from the unwavering influx of intelligence received from the public that drug possession, supply and production are still prevalent issues in Queensland, and it's high on the community's agenda to prevent these crimes."

Across Queensland in 2017, 984 drug supply charges were laid following tip-offs to Crime Stoppers, an increase of two thirds on the charges laid in 2017.

Queensland Police would not comment on the role Crime Stoppers played in helping crack down on the state's drug trade.

To report a crime anonymously, visit www.crimestoppersqld.com.au or phone 1800 333 000. -NewsRegional


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