Po­lice raid­house af­ter drug death

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

A man’s death in the Hutt Val­ley has been linked by po­lice to syn­thetic drugs, as they raided a ‘‘ma­jor source’’ in Can­nons Creek, Porirua.

The 36-year-old man died on Thurs­day night, and his death has been re­ferred to the coro­ner.

Po­lice is­sued a state­ment on the man’s death on Fri­day, about an hour af­ter a mid­day raid for syn­thetic drugs at a house in Cal­liope Cres, Can­nons Creek.

Hutt Val­ley area com­man­der In­spec­tor Sean Hansen said po­lice were fo­cused on hold­ing to ac­count those who were man­u­fac­tur­ing or sup­ply­ing the drugs.

Po­lice seized a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant amount’’ of syn­thetic drugs from ad­dresses in the Hutt Val­ley and the wider Welling­ton re­gion.

A num­ber of ar­rests have been made.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Grant Fer­gu­son said the Cal­liope Cres house was ‘‘a ma­jor source’’ of syn­thetic drugs in the Welling­ton re­gion.

The house was searched, and a woman and a 39-year-old-man were ar­rested.

The prop­erty was raided six weeks ago, and the oc­cu­pants were known to have firearms, po­lice said.

At a po­lice press con­fer­ence in Porirua on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Kapiti Mana area com­man­der In­spec­tor Tracey Thomp­son would not com­ment on whether the man and woman from the Cal­liope Cres house had been charged.

Asked if they were in cus­tody, she said: ‘‘They are still with us.’’

The raid came af­ter at least 17 peo­ple in the past four days had been at­tended to by po­lice or am­bu­lance staff be­cause of syn­thet­ics, Fer­gu­son said.

That num­ber did not in­clude the five peo­ple in in­ten­sive care, re­ported by Stuff on Thurs­day.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, over the past week across the Welling­ton dis­trict, we’ve seen a sud­den spike of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from the ill­ef­fects of syn­thet­ics.’’

Most of those peo­ple were from Porirua.

‘‘They’re ly­ing in the street or co­matose, which is what this drug does.’’

Fly spray, rat poi­son and ace­tone were among the chem­i­cals be­ing sprayed on leaves that were then dried and smoked, he said.

ROSS GI­B­LIN/STUFF

Po­lice raid the house in Can­nons Creek, Porirua.

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