A Facebook group has been set up to name and shame suspected drug dealers in Eastbourne.
A vigilante calling himself Adun Nuff is behind the social networking group which lists personal details of alleged drug dealers and places where they are said operate.
Already the page has a strong following. Police officers and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd are among those who have joined the group along with concerned parents and people whose families have been affected by drugs.
Adun Nuff told the Herald this week he had set the page up to stop dealers preying on young people.
He said, “There is a big problem in not only local colleges but senior schools. Students are dropping out due to the side effects of drugs. The big problem right now is meow. It is relatively cheap but very addictive. It was £2 a gram when legal, now its illegal they charge £20 a gram, but manufacturing costs are still the same. There is a huge amount of money in this for the dealers.
“There is one main dealer in the town who has several runners. They are all terrified of him as he is reported to have a gun and known to use a knife. I am hoping someone will give the main man up to help stem the flow. I understand that the gap will of course be filled, however if we can get this momentum going we can shut the problems down much quicker and give our precious young people a chance.
“Fear is the big factor which is why I have chosen to keep this anonymous for everyone. Mums, dads, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters of anyone with a drug habit understand how they destroy not only the taker’s life but of those around them that love and care for them. We can show these sad individuals up for who they are and let the powers that be do their thing.
“We are looking for stories from victims of drug dealers, families of users, stories of hope from recovering users, experiences of what it is like to love someone and watch the destruction. All are very welcome, anonymous or not.”
The father of an 18-year-old boy whose son has lost his job through drugs joined the group and said, “Thank you for giving us this anonymous space to share our stories and let off steam.
“I truly hope this makes a difference out there.”
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “Anyone with information about illegal drug use or any other criminal activity should phone Sussex Police on 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org lice.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111.”