Seven arrested in drugs operation

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Source: New Zealand Police – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Seven arrested in drugs operation

Thursday, 26 February 2015 – 3:57pm

Seven people have been arrested during the termination of a drugs operation in Taupo and Tokoroa.

Operation Duet began approximately two months ago and culminated this week in a series of search warrants.

Five searches were carried out at properties in Taupo yesterday (Wednesday, 25 February). A small amount of cash, stolen property, drugs and ammunition was located. Three local men aged 28, 29 and 40 have appeared in court on a number of charges of supplying methamphetamine and have been remanded in custody.

A further five searches were carried out today in Tokoroa where more cash, drugs and ammunition were located. One man aged 44 will appear in court tomorrow charged with offering to supply methamphetamine and supply of cannabis. Two women aged 27 and 28, and one man aged 26 will appear in court next week on drugs charges relating to methamphetamine and synthetic cannabis.

Approximately 20 officers were involved from across the District on each of the two days. Police have not ruled out further arrests.

Detective Senior Sergeant Graham Perks said: “More often than not these operations are made possible by the public providing us with information about illegal activity. This shows that the majority of people do not want their children and families living in communities blighted by the harm that drugs cause. We will continue to look for opportunities to minimise that harm and to play our role in nurturing safer families and safer communities.”

If you have information about any drug activity you should contact your local police. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Media enquiries should be referred to Communications Manager Kim Perks on 027 234 8256.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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