Cops nab drugs and poach­ers

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Class A drugs and more than $20,000 in cash was seized by Toko­roa Po­lice in a three- day search of South Waikato prop­er­ties.

Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill said the po­lice ex­e­cuted close to 20 search war­rants in Toko­roa and Pu­taruru, tar­get­ing mainly drugs.

About $ 24,000 and 14 to 15 grams of metham­phetamine was seized, as well as a large quan­tity of cannabis when oper­a­tion Pres­ence was car­ried out in March.

Para­phena­lia and stolen property was also found and Hill said it ap­peared some of the items were traded for drugs.

About seven people have been ar­rested so far but Hill said there could be more.

Po­lice also car­ried out Oper­a­tion Tau­mata in the Toko­roa, Man­gakino and Taupo area in re­la­tion to il­le­gal hunt­ing.

Hill said the poach­ing took place in the Tau­mata Plan­ta­tions and Kain­garoa for­est.

Twenty ar­rests were made and 40 tres­pass notices is­sued and a num­ber of items con­fis­cated in­clud­ing firearms, ve­hi­cles, an­i­mals and drugs.

‘‘If you are caught poach­ing in these ar­eas, then the po­lice will look to seize the ve­hi­cles and firearms,’’ he said.

Hill said Toko­roa po­lice con­duct sim­i­lar op­er­a­tions all the time and what they found did not sur­prise them.

‘‘ We do them when­ever and where ever, we’re al­ways given in­for­ma­tion about it,’’ he said.

De­spite reg­u­lar busts, Hill recog­nised an on­go­ing drug prob­lem es­pe­cially the metham­phetamine sup­ply and it is down to con­stant avail­abil­ity.

‘‘It goes un­der­ground, you still have a sec­tion of so­ci­ety who use these recre­ational drugs,’’ he said.

The Class A drug is seen by Hill as dan­ger­ous and does not only have men­tal and phys­i­cal ef­fects.

‘‘Metham­phetamine is a harm­ful sub­stance and has so many side ef­fects,’’ he said.

De­spite ed­u­ca­tion on the il­le­gal sub­stances Hill said there al­ways seems to be users in the com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2012/13 Min­istry of Health am­phet­a­mine use re­port, 0.2 per cent of adults aged 16-64 who took part in the New Zealand Health Sur­vey ad­mit­ted they used am­phet­a­mines at least monthly.

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