Con­cern over drug bust

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Re­cent drug-re­lated ar­rests in Cen­tral Otago are a shock­ing re­minder dangerous drugs are now in com­mu­ni­ties, Waitaki MP Jac­qui Dean says.

Po­lice intercepted four parcels of drugs in Oc­to­ber, be­lieved to be ec­stasy (MDMA) val­ued at over $200,000, des­tined for Clyde, while ear­lier in the month they ar­rested two Clyde peo­ple after im­ported metham­phetamine worth about $14,000 was found by cus­toms and in a Clyde home.

‘‘Th­ese in­ci­dents show that no mat­ter how iso­lated or small the com­mu­nity in which we live, it ap­pears that there can still be drugs in the back­ground. It is shock­ing and quite dis­turb­ing to think that th­ese dangerous drugs are be­ing found in our com­mu­ni­ties, and as th­ese types of drugs be­come more read­ily avail­able the dan­ger in­creases. Drugs like th­ese can de­stroy young peo­ple and have a ter­ri­ble ef­fect on their fam­i­lies, and the Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to move to com­bat the prob­lem.’’

The gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced al­most $15 mil­lion, seized from crim­i­nals, would be in­vested in anti-drug ini­tia­tives, with more fund­ing for po­lice and cus­toms and a greater fo­cus on treat­ment for drug abusers, she said.

‘‘A to­tal of 15 ini­tia­tives will be funded, in­clud­ing $900,000 for the Moana House Dunedin fa­cil­ity and its com­mu­nity care work, $843,000 to pilot a pro­gramme aimed at pre­vent­ing and ad­dress­ing sub­stancere­lated harm in schools and $732,000 to fund new cus­toms in­tel­li­gence to dis­rupt and dis­man­tle the sup­ply of metham­phetamine into New Zealand.’’

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