Mayor on drug bust: ‘Be aware’
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.