DRUG BUST: Police arrested a 29-year-old man at a Flinders Avenue address in Coffs Harbour for the possession of  more than $75,000 worth of Ice as well as quantity of cannabis.
DRUG BUST: Police arrested a 29-year-old man at a Flinders Avenue address in Coffs Harbour for the possession of more than $75,000 worth of Ice as well as quantity of cannabis. Coffs/Clarence LAC Facebook

Survey shows close link between ice and cannabis users

RESEARCH in the Coffs Clarence Local Area Command has found a high proportion of crystal methylamphetamine 'ice' users started their drug abuse journey with cannabis, according to area crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson.

"A recent local survey shows that around 80% of crystal meth users started their journey of drug abuse with cannabis being their first drug of addiction," Det Insp Jameson said.

"We are seeing locally, that crystal methylamphetamine addicts are poly-drugging (using more than one drug at a time) with cannabis. This shows that cannabis is a dangerous drug of addiction, and remains a significant risk to our community whilst infecting our children with a drug culture that can only lead to addiction."

At around 5am yesterday morning (May 5) a 39-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of crystal methylamphetamine 'ice' and cannabis after he was searched in Vincent Street, Coffs Harbour. He will appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on the 30 May 2016.

"This arrest further highlights locally the close association that cannabis and crystal methylamphetamine have in drug addicition and abuse," Det Insp Jameson said.

Police are urging anyone with information on illicit drugs including those that deal cannabis to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Coffs Clarence LAC remind people they should not report crime information via its Facebook page or the NSW Police Force's Facebook and Twitter pages.



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