Addicts trading ice for sex through controversial website

MORE than six months after The Northern Star revealed ice, ketamine, cannabis and other drugs were being sold and traded locally through online personals networks, the practice continues.

Posts on a popular US-based site, which usually refer to drugs by street names such 'sweet puff' (ice), also offer drugs in exchange for sex.

We decided not to name the site in our August, 2014 report, but a recent article published by News Limited outed Craigslist.

Meanwhile, Northern Rivers' police have continued to deal with an influx of ice (crystal methamphetamine) in northern NSW and its accompanying social damage.

One example of the drug deals occurring on the site was an advertisement for ice posted on April 11, with Tallai listed as the location.

"Hey I got the sweet (LEgGZz) movin fast," it began.

"Hey got wat u needing :) sweet (LEGGZZ) movin fast any size u wanting can delever if not to fat so if u wanting get at me can go from there :)."

Another post from April 10, which listed Lismore as the location, demonstrated how sex has been traded for drugs.

"Puff & play in Lismore. My shout," it read.

"In Lismore for a look around. Any cool sexy chicks wanna smoke some rock, hang out & pleasure each other all arvo?? I'm new to this area. Will need a hook up. I've got the cash. Let's play..."

Detective Acting Inspector Bernadette Ingram, Richmond Local Area Command's crime manager, was unable to reveal whether police had made any recent arrests in relation to online drug dealing.

However, she warned those responsible that police would be monitoring the situation.

"You never know when someone's going to tap you on the shoulder and tell you its time to face up, you've done wrong," she said.

Det Act Insp Ingram said local police often worked with relevant Federal and State authorities to combat online crime.

Topics:  drugs methamphetamine

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