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The tip-offs that helped take drugs off Mackay streets

PUBLIC tip-offs led to more than $100,000 worth of drugs bring taken off Mackay streets in 2017.

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

Mackay Crime Stoppers received 864 tip-offs from the public. These helped police seize $103,026 of drugs.

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

Crime Stoppers Mackay president Katrina Hoare said the group helped keep people safe, but needed more community volunteers.

"The general feeling that I've got from my committee is a sense of pride, of wellbeing, that we're making a difference in our community," she said.

"That we're being proactive as volunteers to make a difference.

"In 2018, we need people to join the committee, it's about driving awareness for Crime Stoppers."

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 $8million worth of drugs would still be on the streets," Mr O'Hara said.

"Queenslanders should be proud of the outcomes their reports have achieved.

"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.


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