Concern over drug bust
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.’’