Syn­thetic cannabis raids

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Po­lice have made three ar­rests and seized three kilo­grams of syn­thetic cannabis in a se­ries of raids across Auck­land.

At least nine deaths in the city have been linked to syn­thetic cannabis re­cently.

St John am­bu­lance and the Auck­land Dis­trict Health Board (DHB) said they were see­ing a ‘‘rapid rise’’ in pa­tients suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of drugs, thought to be syn­thetic cannabis, in Auck­land.

Po­lice on Wed­nes­day said three peo­ple had ap­peared in court fol­low­ing sev­eral prop­er­ties be­ing searched across Auck­land.

Metham­phetamine, cannabis, six firearms and a quan­tity of cash were also found dur­ing the raids.

Po­lice seized about three kilo­grams of syn­thetic cannabis from five dif­fer­ent ad­dresses.

Re­liev­ing Ma­nurewa Po­lice Area Com­man­der, In­spec­tor Mark Bene­field, said po­lice were work­ing with mul­ti­ple agen­cies to tackle the issue.

‘‘We have seen first-hand the dam­age syn­thetic cannabis can do and the dan­ger it poses to the com­mu­nity. We urge those who are cur­rently us­ing syn­thetic cannabis to stop im­me­di­ately and seek help if you need it.’’

The three ar­rested faced charges in re­la­tion to the pos­ses­sion for sup­ply of syn­thetic cannabis and ap­peared in the Manukau Dis­trict Court on Wed­nes­day.

An­other per­son was charged in re­la­tion to cannabis.

‘‘We have seen first­hand the dam­age syn­thetic cannabis can do and the dan­ger it poses to the com­mu­nity.’’

STUFF

Syn­thetic cannabis has caused the death of at least nine peo­ple in Auck­land.

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