Ice wake-up call; Portland forum hears of issues facing the community
ICE-RELATED crime has drastically increased in the Glenelg Shire in the past four years, and authorities are working together to reverse its effects.
That was one of the many confronting messages attendees took away from the Portland Ice Forum, hosted by the Great South Coast Ice Challenge on Monday night.
More than 70 people packed the Glenelg Shire Council’s chambers to hear health professionals and members of Victorian Police speak about the devastating drug (a form of methamphetamine), who detailed ice’s effects on the individual and community, and the encouraging steps taking place within the community.
Warrnambool Criminal Investigation Unit Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Asenjo said ice had forced Victorian police to cover every inch of the state to solve ice-related crimes.
“We are now dealing with state-wide crime sprees that are difficult to investigate,” he said.