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Police have arrested a man for drug and driving-related offences following a two-vehicle crash in New Plymouth on Sunday, September 27.
The crash involving the two-vehicles was at the intersection of Courtenay Street and Eliot Street and happened at around 6.15 pm on Sunday.
One of the vehicles fled the scene, and it was found shortly after by Police with the driver.
Police searched the vehicle and located 28 grams of cocaine, 28 grams MDMA, seven grams of methamphetamine and a large amount of money.
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Following the arrest, a search warrant was carried out at a residential address in Hawera on September 28 where Police found another 500g of MDMA was found.
The man was charged with careless use of a vehicle, failing to stop or ascertain injury after a crash, threatening to kill and possession of MDMA.
The man has remanded in custody to reappear in the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday, October 15 2020.
Detective Senior Sergeant Gerard Bouterey says the arrest is significant for the Taranaki community.
“Drugs and the associated offending causes significant harm in our community, and typically impacts those who are most vulnerable.
“This arrest demonstrates that Police will continue to pursue those who seek to profit from such harm and hold them to account.”
As the matter is before the court, Police is not in a position to comment further.
Anyone with information on the sale of illicit drugs or related offending is urged to contact Police on 105, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Writing: NZ Police