Mayor on drug bust: ‘Be aware’

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Mayor and for­mer crim­i­nal lawyer Tim Cado­gan says two ma­jor drug busts in Cen­tral Otago last month ‘‘doesn’t come as a sur­prise’’ af­ter deal­ing with it day-to­day for more than a decade.

‘‘The pub­lic need to be aware that these drugs are here [in Cen­tral Otago].’’

Cado­gan’s com­ments fol­low the ar­rest of a Cromwell man in re­la­tion to im­port­ing $200,000 worth of ec­stasy and hav­ing the pack­ages sent to hol­i­day homes in Clyde.

‘‘We just don’t want it in our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ he said. ‘‘The mes­sage needs to be that all of Cen­tral Otago needs to be vig­i­lant. We’re not im­mune.’’

Cado­gan felt drug crime in Cen­tral Otago and the Queen­stown Lakes re­gion was on the rise.

‘‘From some­body who used to be a crim­i­nal lawyer, I have cer­tainly seen an in­crease in ... drug of­fend­ing.’’

He praised the po­lice ef­fort. A po­lice spokes­woman said the 21-year-old man was ar­rested last Wed­nes­day af­ter po­lice seized four pack­ets of MDMA, com­monly known as ec­stasy, from un­oc­cu­pied cribs and linked it to him.

The man ap­peared in the Queen­stown District Court last week on a charge of im­port­ing into New Zealand a class B con­trolled drug, namely MDMA. He was granted in­terim name sup­pres­sion un­til Novem­ber 11 and was re­manded on bail to ap­pear in the Alexandra District Court on De­cem­ber 6.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Mal­colm Inglis, of Queen­stown, said each pack­age con­tained ap­prox­i­mately 125 grams of MDMA and it was be­lieved the pack­ages were im­ported from Poland.

Po­lice were un­able to con­firm whether the ar­rest was linked to an­other drug bust in Clyde on Oc­to­ber 11, where a 22-year-old man was charged with im­port­ing and sell­ing metham­phetamine, and cul­ti­va­tion of cannabis.

‘‘Po­lice are dis­ap­pointed to see young peo­ple think­ing that this is an easy way to make money.’’

Po­lice would con­tinue to tar­get il­le­gal im­por­ta­tion and sale of drugs in Otago-Lakes Cen­tral and were ask­ing the pub­lic to help in the fight to stop the spread of drugs in the com­mu­nity, Inglis said.

‘‘Po­lice are hop­ing that these re­cent seizures will have an im­pact on the avail­abil­ity of drugs in the area.’’

Cen­tral Otago mayor Tim Cado­gan.

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