The ghastly end of a 24-year-old drug trafficker has turned
the spotlight in Australia
to the dangers involved in the trade.
A dog walker
found a badly burnt and decomposed body lying on a single-bed mattress in a Melbourne park Monday.
The police were initially clueless, but investigations revealed
that it was the
body of 24-year-old Charlie Boulos who had been selling and using the drug 'ice.'
Detective Inspector Steve Clark said Boulos, from Hillside, in Melbourne's outer west, suffered multiple
stab wounds to the chest.
"He has been
charged earlier this year with possessing and trafficking in ice, clearly we
don't know at this stage whether his drug trafficking was related to his
disappearance and murder, but that's certainly one of the main avenues we'll be
chasing," Clark said.
He described the
murder as horrific.
dumped in an open area like that, after having been stabbed and burnt is fairly
horrific and is something we want to solve obviously and as soon as we possibly
can," he added.
is a street name for crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride, which is a
powerful, synthetic stimulant
Ice is more potent than other forms of amphetamines. It is more pure
than the powder form of methamphetamine ("speed").
often appears as large, transparent and "sheet-like" crystals that may have a
hint of pink, blue or green colour.
street names for ice include "meth", "d-meth", "crystal", "crystal meth",
"shabu" "batu", "tina" and "glass".
is known to be smoked, swallowed, snorted, injected or inserted anally
("shafting"). Some people smoke ice using a glass pipe, while others heat it on
aluminium foil and inhale the vapours ("chasing"). In 2004, 3.2 per cent of
Australians aged 14 years and older had used amphetamines for nonmedical
purposes in the previous year and over 38 per cent of this group reported the
type of amphetamine they used was ice.
sisters, Rose and Marilyn, made an emotional plea for anyone with information
to contact police.
deserve this, he was a good boy, he was a good man, everyone he knew loved
him," Rose Boulos said.
this, they've broken up a family.
She said her
brother didn't deserve to die such a horrific death.
horrific, he didn't deserve to die this way, he was a good guy.
drug dealer doesn't mean you're a bad person, he was actually quite a good
person - he just got mixed up in the wrong crowd and I think he saw easy
She also said their
parents were always worried about Charlie and his involvement with drugs.
number-one fear, knowing he was in this drug scene, is that he would end up
dead and unfortunately that's what's happened," Rose Boulos said.
to take someone's son," she said. "They deserve to be behind bars and
rot in hell."
The sisters also warned
anyone thinking of getting involved with drugs to steer clear.
"It's so not
worth it, you do not know what you are in for, if you get involved in
this," Rose Boulos said.
or death, unfortunately for my brother it was death," Marilyn Boulos said.