POLICE, paramedics and drug and alcohol councillors have given evidence that methamphetamine use is destroying lives in the south-west.
The State Government ice inquiry came to Warrnambool this week, its final stop in regional Victoria.
Western Victorian MP Simon Ramsay is chairman of the Law Reform, Drug and Crime Prevention Committee that is reviewing the supply and distribution of methamphetamines, the affects of the drugs, and links to organised crime.
It is believed bikie gangs play a part in the distribution of methamphetamines in and around the south-west.
Police locally say methamphetamines are being trafficked from Melbourne and South Australia, but Mr Ramsay said there was some evidence of dealing by motorcycle gangs
“The Australian Institute of Criminology has been doing some research into outlaw bikie gang activity … and has a lot of detail about what impact they have on the supply chain, organised crime and distribution.
“There is some evidence … that here is activity by outlaw bikie clubs in the south west.”
Mr Ramsay said the evidence was that the gangs were mainly dealers, though further detail would be revealed in the final report.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 6, 2014.