Fugi­tive flees, drops ‘wads of cash’

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A flee­ing man dropped wads of cash and drugs as he leapt across fences to es­cape ar­rest, po­lice say.

Welling­ton po­lice are still hunt­ing for John Perry Mor­gan Hen­der­son, 48, af­ter he eluded ar­rest by armed po­lice dur­ing a metham­phetamine bust in Can­nons Creek on June 5.

Two oth­ers were ar­rested in the early morn­ing raid, in which po­lice seized $300,000 in cash, and more than $130,000 in crys­tal metham­phetamine, cannabis leaf and resin. They also found a sheet of about 70 blotter tabs, sus­pected to be syn­thetic hal­lu­cino­gen N-Bomb – also known as ‘‘fake acid’’ – which sells on the street for about $40 a tab.

When the armed of­fend­ers squad ar­rived at the house at about 6am, they found Hen­der­son in the backyard, De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Tim Leitch said.

He would not say whether Hen­der­son was armed at that point.

‘‘He was chal­lenged to sur­ren­der, he didn’t. He ran off through some neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties and he wasn’t able to be ap­pre­hended,’’ Leitch said.

Dog han­dlers jumped fences af­ter him in the chase, but ‘‘the dog track just stopped’’.

Po­lice be­lieve that was be­cause Hen­der­son was picked up by a car.

‘‘ Wads of cash’’ and drugs, thought to have been dropped as he fled, were found along the trail.

Leitch noted the metham­phetamine ap­peared to be strong qual­ity, judg­ing by the ap­pear­ance of the un­usu­ally long crys­tals. The home they raided was not thought to be a key sup­ply house, but there were some al­leged gang as­so­ci­a­tions.

‘‘It’s a lot of drugs, and a lot of money,’’ he said.

‘‘We think there was some deal­ing go­ing on there, but it didn’t ap­pear to be a tinny house or a su­per­mar­ket set-up.’’

A 24-year-old Porirua man has been ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine and cannabis for sup­ply. A 20-year-old Porirua woman has been charged with pos­ses­sion of cannabis for sup­ply.

There is a war­rant out for Hen­der­son’s ar­rest. He is de­scribed as Maori, 1.82 me­tres tall, of medium build with short, dark hair. He was be­lieved to be hid­ing with as­so­ciates in Can­nons Creek, Leitch said.

He es­ti­mated the raid pre­vented about $ 1 mil­lion of drug-deal­ing in the area.

‘‘[This] seizure has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the harm to our com­mu­nity.’’

Clock­wise from left: qual­ity crys­tal metham­phetamine, mar­i­juana, blotter tabs sus­pected to be ‘‘N-Bomb’’, more meth, and cannabis resin, seized by Welling­ton po­lice dur­ing a Porirua bust.

A to­tal of $300,000 in cash was seized by Welling­ton po­lice af­ter a raid in Porirua.

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