Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Alleged International Drugs Syndicate In Court


NZ Police Press Release Issued Thursday 20 November follows:

International drugs syndicate smashed

An international drugs syndicate importing LSD into New Zealand has been smashed in a joint Wellington Police and New Zealand Customs investigation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Berry, head of the Wellington Police Organised Crime Unit, says today’s arrest of eight people on a range of serious drugs charges will significantly affect the supply of LSD in Wellington and elsewhere in New Zealand.

Those arrested include three Canadian nationals (one of whom is a woman) and an American. Four of the arrests were in Wellington, one in Auckland and three in Christchurch.

Three people appeared in the Christchurch District Court late this afternoon. The Auckland based arrest will appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow morning and the Wellington arrests in the Wellington District Court at 9.30am tomorrow.

Charges laid include:

• Importing LSD
• Conspiracy to import LSD
• Supplying LSD
• Supplying cocaine
• Supplying methamphetamine
• Supplying ecstasy
• Supplying cannabis oil and hash
• Cultivating cannabis
• Producing cannabis oil and hash
• Money laundering.

The arrests stem from an electronics operation which has run for the last 150 days. "It’s the longest we’ve run and one of the most lengthy in the country," Detective Senior Sergeant Berry says.

Police and Customs also called on support from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and American Drug Enforcement Agency officers in Canberra and Los Angeles as part of their international attack on drugs and organised criminal activity.

They’ve also had support from the Auckland and Christchurch drug squads and the Customs Drug Investigation Units.

"Earlier this week we seized several packages containing 6000 tabs of LSD that was destined for New Zealand," Detective Senior Sergeant Berry says.

"With the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Vancouver and Canadian Customs we monitored the controlled delivery of the drugs to New Zealand."

He says police believe the drugs were destined for the rave dance music festival scene, especially those scheduled for the New Year holiday season. Two of those arrested are directors of New Zealand companies actively involved in the management of a music festival at New Year. Police will be attempting to contact companies associated with these festivals to ensure they are aware of the circumstances of these arrests.

Search warrants were executed on several addresses in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch this morning. Items seized included LSD, small quantities of Ecstasy powder and a meth kit and chemicals which will be examined by ESR and the Christchurch drug squad tomorrow.

Detective Senior Sergeant Berry says inquiries are continuing but he doesn’t anticipate further arrests.

Detective Inspector Harry Quinn, Wellington District Crime Manager, praised the meticulous and patient approach adopted by the Wellington Organised Crime Unit and the New Zealand Customs Service throughout this near six month investigation.

"Staff have often worked long and tedious hours, often without significant breaks away from their office in order to ensure this syndicate was smashed once and for all," he says.

"The community should be thankful for the dedication of this joint Police and Customs team."


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election