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