Po­lice find $500k of co­caine in cap­i­tal

The Dominion Post - - News -

Po­lice have ar­rested three for­eign na­tion­als in a co­caine bust in Welling­ton that net­ted about 1 kilo­gram of the drug, worth an es­ti­mated $500,000.

The po­lice’s na­tional or­gan­ised crime group con­cluded an op­er­a­tion in the cap­i­tal on Wed­nes­day, tar­get­ing the sup­ply of the il­le­gal stim­u­lant in the re­gion.

Three men, two Colom­bians in their 20s and 30s, and a Malaysian man in his 50s, were ar­rested in Lower Hutt. Po­lice be­lieve they had im­ported co­caine for dis­tri­bu­tion.

The trio face charges that in­clude sup­ply­ing co­caine and pos­ses­sion of co­caine for sup­ply. They were to ap­pear in Welling­ton Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day.

Po­lice searched a num­ber of Hutt Val­ley ad­dresses dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s raid, and seized an­other 350 grams of co­caine.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Stu Gra­ham said the drug busts and ar­rests were an ex­am­ple of the po­lice’s ‘‘com­mit­ment to dis­rupt these trans-na­tional or­gan­ised crime groups who are at­tempt­ing to profit from a drug that would cause sig­nif­i­cant harm in our com­mu­ni­ties’’.

The seizure had a street value of about $500,000.

Po­lice could not com­ment on whether those ar­rested were linked to South Amer­i­can drug car­tels.

The 1kg of co­caine found in Welling­ton has a street value of about $500,000, po­lice say.

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