Swan Hills MLA backs bolstering of meth strategy

Swan Hills MLA backs bolstering of meth strategy

THE number of dedicated meth police teams to combat WA’s growing meth crisis is set to increase after a multi million-dollar boost from the State Government.

More than $3 million has been committed to the meth enforcement action plan, created to disrupt the supply into WA.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said the WA Police meth teams would expand over the next year, helping residents fight back against meth dealers.

“This money will fund police officers as well as specialist roles including interpreters, legal officers and intelligence analysts to help combat the supply of meth into WA,” Mr Alban said.

“The officers and vehicles would also help enforce the State Government’s new drug transit route legislation, which targets vehicles travelling through known drug routes as well as courier and freight facilities which were unwittingly being used by drug traffickers.”

Mr Alban said the government was committed to giving police the resources they needed to combat the addictive drug.

“Meth is ruining lives and putting significant pressure on services,” he said.

“Since its inception, the meth enforcement action plan has resulted in more than 700 kg of meth being seized, 466 offenders charged and 561 search warrants being executed.”

Mr Alban said the government also had a concerted campaign to prevent drug abuse and to educate and support drug users through rehabilitation services and education.

“The government is committed to making the electorate of Swan Hills safer through tough laws and by providing police with the resources they needed to combat meth in our community,” he said.

A free Meth Forum hosted by Mr Alban in conjunction with Ellenbrook police, Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell and Police Minister Liza Harvey will be held on Wednesday, November 30.

It will be held at the Ellenbrook Sport Hub, 107 Verbana Drive, Aveley from 9.30am to 11am.

RSVP to frank.alban@mp.wa.|gov.au or 9296 7688.

All are welcome.