Dealers trading drugs for sex target online users

DRUG dealers in the Northern Rivers are using websites to blatantly peddle crystal methamphetamines and other illicit drugs.

The Australia-wide online personals network site, which we have chosen not to name, also includes notices requesting sex in exchange for drugs.

Users post instant notices online, including basic details and return contact information.

One notice posted in the site's Gold Coast section last Thursday offered "sweet puff" (a street name for smokable methamphetamines or ice) on email request to Lismore, Byron Bay or Ballina.

"Hi, got some nice glassy shards that I need to get rid of. Top quality. No Bulls***. Will go fast so get in quick. Can possibly deliver," the post read.

ABOUT ICE

  • Australia has the highest rate of ice use among developed nations.
  • About 2.5% of Australians aged 14+ use the drug annually.
  • About 10-15% of users will become dependent and need treatment.
  • Ice use can cause paranoia, aggression, induced psychosis and other changes in users.

A post on July 5 was searching for ice locally to avoid a Gold Coast trip.

"Am new to area and wanting to know if there's any sweet puff locally without having to trek out to GC. I'm in Lismore. Have $ ready."

Sex is also exchanged for drugs through the website, as demonstrated in an August 15 post.

"Got some real nice glass rocks I'm willing to share with girls/couples who are up for some naughty fun."

Richmond LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay warned officers will keep a close eye on online activities, noting police are easily able to track activity if they suspect a crime.

"If we suspect someone is selling drugs online, we will take action," he said.

"We warn people these substances have been found to be detrimental to health."

Tweed Byron LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said those selling drugs online "run the gauntlet and risk being arrested and charged".

"It's not new to us. Drug suppliers are coming up with inventive ways to ply their trade day after day," he said.

Asking for drugs is also a crime, Det Insp Cullen said.

Both officers agreed there are links between ice use and crime in their commands.

If you have need help phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For live online drug counselling, visit www.counsellingonline.org.au.



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