Po­lice prom­ise more P ac­tion fol­low­ing raids

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Waikato po­lice are warn­ing those in­volved in the man­u­fac­ture and dis­tri­bu­tion of il­le­gal drugs that they can ex­pect sig­nif­i­cantly more re­sources to be ap­plied to shut­ting them down as ac­tiv­ity in the east of the dis­trict has shown.

East­ern Waikato Area Com­man­der, In­spec­tor Dana Mcdon­ald, said a 26-year-old man ap­peared in the Hamil­ton Dis­trict Court in re­la­tion to drug of­fend­ing and re­ceiv­ing stolen goods fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of a metham­phetaminelinked op­er­a­tion in Mata­mata.

‘‘ Mata­mata- Pi­ako staff joined with Hamil­ton- based in­ves­ti­ga­tors and mem­bers of the Waikato Armed Of­fend­ers Squad to search an in­dus­trial prop­erty in Mata­mata.

‘‘ This came about af­ter in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived from the public. At the prop­erty a stolen ve­hi­cle was re­cov­ered as well as a quan­tity of ma­te­rial be­lieved to be metham­phetamine, var­i­ous liq­uids, chem­i­cals and drug para­pher­na­lia.’’

The site was se­cured overnight by mem­bers of the Waikato Armed Of­fend­ers Squad to await the ar­rival of an Auck­land-based Clan­des­tine Lab­o­ra­tory Team and other spe­cial­ists.

‘‘ These spe­cial­ists in­cluded foren­sic ex­am­in­ers from ESR as well as a spe­cial­ist drug de­tec­tion dog from Cus­toms. The in­volve­ment of these agen­cies fur­ther re­in­forces the whole- of- Gov­ern­ment re­sponse to the is­sue of not only drugs but or­gan­ised crime as well.’’

Mr Mcdon­ald said anal­y­sis of ma­te­ri­als re­moved from the scene to­day will give a bet­ter picture of just what was oc­cur­ring.

‘‘ Yes­ter­day’s dis­cov­ery was just the lat­est in a se­ries of suc­cess­ful drug in­ves­ti­ga­tions car­ried out in the East­ern Waikato that have utilised not only East­ern staff but of­fi­cers from across the Waikato as we seek to ap­ply a whole- of­po­lice re­sponse to the prob­lem.

‘‘ On Mon­day four peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter armed po­lice searched three prop­er­ties in the Thames, Kopu and Kopu-hikuai ar­eas. These peo­ple are now fac­ing a va­ri­ety of charges for ex­ist­ing war­rants and also pos­ses­sion of cannabis and metham­phetamine, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and man­u­fac­tur­ing cannabis oil.’’

One of the key things for those in­ves­ti­gat­ing such of­fend­ing is that the public should not as­sume po­lice al­ready know about it.

‘‘The best way to pro­tect your­self and your fam­ily from the risks as­so­ci­ated with drugs is to no­tify po­lice of any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity. If you do not feel safe con­tact­ing po­lice then we would ask that you for­ward the in­for­ma­tion anony­mously through Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.’’

A 23-year-old man was pro­cessed with ex­cess breath al­co­hol.

A liquor li­cens­ing check was con­ducted and a 21-year-old man was lo­cated in­side a bar and ar­rested for breach of bail.

A 20-year-old man was ar­rested for out­stand­ing war­rants and cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis.

Two males, a 19 and 14 year old, were ar­rested for theft of gar­den gnomes in Tom Grant Drive.

A 19-year-old man was ar­rested for cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis.

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