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Queenstown Police were investigating the sale and supply of MDMA in the area where they seized numerous drugs, cash, and arrested six involved.
Yesterday during the morning, Police executed a number of search warrants which resulted in the arrest of several people involved in supplying class A, B and C drugs.
Police seized an excess of 2,400 MDMA pills worth $125,000, LSD tabs, cannabis and more than $5,000 in cash.
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This investigation continued from a previous operation that Otago Lakes Central Police conducted over several months.
The operation targeted the sale and supply of a range of drugs in the area.
30 Police staff were involved in the operation after high levels of MDMA were detected in the Queenstown water supply.
Local bar owners noticed the effect drug use was having on their establishments.
Police arrested and charged six people involved in the illegal activity,
A 24-year-old woman facing two charges of supplying class B drugs, as well as supplying cannabis and possession of cannabis for supply.
A 26-year-old man was charged with supplying class A cocaine, supplying class B MDMA and possession for supply of cannabis.
A 25-year-old woman was charged with supplying Class A cocaine.
A 28-year-old man was charged with supplying Class A cocaine.
A 21-year-old man was charged with supplying class B MDMA.
A 32-year-old man was charged with supplying class A cocaine and offering to supply Class A.
Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka says several drugs seized by Police were tested and come back as being made up of different substances, than those they are being sold as, putting those who choose to take them at additional risk.
“It is important to remember that illicit drugs are generally manufactured and/or imported by people who put profit above all else and do not consider the health and well-being of users.”
“Otago Lakes Central Police are committed to targeting drug dealers in the area who think there is easy money to be made from dealing in drugs within our community. “
“We are aware that we are moving into the summer season and there will be others who think they can carry out these illicit activities here, but they should be aware that they will be targeted by Police.”
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