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North Shore meth bust: Arrests, 100s of 'client' details

  1. aemetha
    Five people have been arrested in a meth bust on the North Shore - and police have found details of "hundreds" of their clients.

    Waitemata Police carried out search warrants on Thursday and Friday, resulting in the arrest of one woman and four men.

    Detective Inspector Hayden Mander said methamphetamine, GBL, large amounts of cash and drug paraphernalia were also seized. "We are confident this group involved in the supply of methamphetamine has been stopped," he said. "Police have managed to not only block their supply, but also identified hundreds of their clients who we will be following up with to provide prevention advice and local support services." Mander said the five were charged with a range of charges relating to supply and possession of methamphetamine.

    All five are remanded in custody and will appear in North Shore District Court on Saturday and Monday. "Not only are police committed to stopping the supply of methamphetamine, we are also looking at ways to reduce its use in the community. "By doing this demand will automatically decrease, making our communities safer. "Drug dealers constantly exploit those who are addicted and drive them to commit more crime to fund their habit. "The impact of methamphetamine supply and use in our communities is huge and police will do what they can to take out any supply network and reduce that impact."

    27 August 2016
    The New Zealand Herald


  1. aemetha
    A little scary that hundreds of people are now going to have police knocking on their doors. Hopefully they are true to their word and offer prevention advice and support services rather than search warrants and possession arrests.
  2. aemetha
    Police say Meth dealers' clients will receive guidance and support

    [IMGL="white"]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=51948&stc=1&d=1472472582[/IMGL]Addiction specialists have praised a police promise to hand out pamphlets instead of prison sentences to busted drug dealers' "hundreds" of clients.

    Four men and one woman were arrested last week after police executed a number of search warrants as part of Operation Rosella. They face charges relating to supply and possession of methamphetamine. As well as seizing methamphetamine, GBL, large amounts of cash and drug paraphernalia, Waitemata Police also identified hundreds of their clients and said they would be following up with them to provide prevention advice and local support services.

    The Addiction Practitioners' Association Aotearoa New Zealand applauded the decision to provide help. Executive director Sue Paton said it showed a "welcome softening approach by law enforcement that would go a long way towards reducing New Zealand's methamphetamine problem". "We have no quarrel with coming down hard on those who supply large quantities of this drug and prey upon the weakness of those who have become addicted to it."

    Paton said it indicated police saw addicted people as being exploited. "This is especially so in light of continuing reports from around the country, backed by the experiences of our own practitioners, that methamphetamine is becoming cheaper and easier to obtain. "Now more than ever we need to put resources into identifying people early who may be in danger of becoming addicted to this destructive drug lest we find ourselves engulfed in another methamphetamine epidemic."

    Earlier this month, customs officials seized a $20 million haul of 20kg of meth hidden in spatulas. The 250g packages of methamphetamine were hidden in the bottom of each 24-piece boxed set that arrived by air cargo from Hong Kong. A 23-year-old Hong Kong man was charged in relation to the bust.

    29 August 2016
    The New Zealand Herald
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