ORILLIA – Crime Stoppers Canada, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and police services across Canada are launching a national public awareness campaign over the next several months to help educate the public about the negative impacts of methamphetamine and how it poses a threat to the safety and well-being of communities.
Many Canadian law enforcement agencies have identified an increase in the use, trafficking, importation and production of methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine has emerged as one of the most significant commodities within organized crime; entrenched from production, to importation and distribution.
The production of one kilogram of methamphetamine produces about six kilograms of toxic waste. This waste is usually disposed of through illegal dumping resulting in environmental contamination and health hazards.
“Canadian law enforcement and its critical partners, such as Crime Stoppers, will undertake to aggressively pursue, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations involved in the proliferation of illegal commodities, including methamphetamine, into our communities,” stated OPP Deputy Commissioner Chuck Cox.
“The general public can be a powerful ally when it comes to combating organized crime. They can be our eyes and ears all across the country. Reporting suspicious activities is one way we can work together to fight the drug crisis,” said Bryan Larkin, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
“The threat of methamphetamine production and its distribution within our communities continues to escalate. Often with ties to organized crime, this criminal activity poses a threat to our personal safety. The Canadian Crime Stoppers Association (CCSA) and its 87 member programs that support all communities across Canada encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to Police or to Crime Stoppers anonymously,” urged CCSA president David J. Forster.