$130,000 in cash, methamphetamine and firearms located inside vehicle after search in Ōtaki

$130,000 in cash, methamphetamine and firearms located inside vehicle after search in Ōtaki

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Central District Police arrested one person after seizing methamphetamine and cash from a vehicle search in Ōtaki, Wednesday.

The search happened at around 3.20pm where Police staff stopped a vehicle in the middle of the township — locating 300 grams of methamphetamine and $130,000 in cash.

The person, a 35-year-old man, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Five firearms were recovered, three of which were located inside the vehicle.

CIB Detective Inspector Paul Baskett says the arrests are an excellent result from local staff.

“This methamphetamine was destined for our community and I have no doubt that our team has prevented significant harm by removing it,” he said.

“Stopping its distribution will reduce harm not only to those that have already been exposed to the harmful effects of this destructive drug, but those who are impacted by the crime that is inevitably created by it.”

“We want to send a clear message that such criminal activity and illegal firearms won’t be tolerated and Police are committed to stamping out the distribution of methamphetamine and the detrimental impact it has on all communities.”

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The man is due to appear in Levin District Court to face the charge(s) on September 22.

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