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Police have arrested eight people over drug-related charges after a number of search warrants were executed in Rotorua, Tauranga and Paeroa.
The two-month investigation by Police’s National Organised Crime Group (NOCG) inquired more into significant drug-dealing network operations in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.
“This investigation initially arose out of enquiries into the burglary of a commercial property in Tauranga in November 2019, where a large amount of iodine was stolen,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Brett Shields.
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Six women and two men, ranging in age from 28 – 55 years were arrested today, and they all face a total of 42 charges including importing methamphetamine, GBL and MDMA. They possessed and distributed the drugs.
“Iodine is a ‘material’ used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. As our investigation unfolded, we identified an extensive network involved in the importation of methamphetamine, GBL, MDMA, and precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”
Police seized a quantity of methamphetamine and MDMA, LSD, cannabis, money and bitcoin. The seize included a Ute and several electronic items used in coordinating illegal drug importation and distribution.
“These illicit drugs cause a significant amount of harm in communities across New Zealand,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Shields.
“They destroy the lives of users, as well as hurting users’ families and loved ones.”
“Police is committed to targeting and dismantling the operations of those who seek to profit from this harm, and we’re confident today’s operation will result in a major disruption to the supply of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.”
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