Police raidhouse after drug death
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 Porirua 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.
Inspector Tracey Thompson Police raid the house in Cannons Creek, Porirua.