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

 


Canadian meth trail leads to cannabis Auckland grow houses


Canadian methamphetamine trail leads to cannabis grow houses in Auckland


A joint operation between the Organised Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) and other agencies has busted a methamphetamine importing syndicate in New Zealand and Canada and shut a number of cannabis growing houses on Auckland's North Shore.

Operation Express began in December 2012 involving staff from OFCANZ, New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Customs Service working in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other Canadian authorities.

Five search warrants were executed at various addresses in Auckland today with further warrants executed in Vancouver by Canadian authorities.

Today's operation follows the execution of 14 warrants in Auckland last week where 5 fully operational grow houses were located and 10 people were arrested.

Those arrested last week are Vietnamese - 7 male and 3 female - aged between 18 and 34.

The investigation began after Canadian authorities seized two separate shipments of methamphetamine totalling 6.6kg in December 2012. This was concealed in a consignment of truck shock absorbers and destined for New Zealand. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of NZ$7 million.

A joint operation was launched involving OFCANZ, NZ Customs and Canadian authorities in Vancouver which identified members of the syndicate in Canada and New Zealand.

The investigation also established that the syndicate was involved in the large scale cultivation of cannabis in a number of houses allegedly rented for that purpose, mainly on Auckland's North Shore.

Over 600 fully developed cannabis plants were seized in last week's operation together with an ounce of methamphetamine and approx NZ$90,000 in cash.

Two of those arrested last week are now also charged with conspiracy to import methamphetamine and importing methamphetamine. A further person has been arrested today and also charged in respect to the two failed importations seized in Canada and an additional three previous importations into New Zealand. In total 11 people have been arrested - one a patched gang member.

Detective Inspector Bruce Good of OFCANZ is very pleased with the operation:

"This investigation involved close liaison between NZ Customs and Canadian authorites, with further assistance being provided by Immigration New Zealand."

He says: "This has been another success for OFCANZ, Police and NZ Customs. It demonstrates our ability to co-operate extremely well at home as well as with overseas enforcement agencies. It sends a clear message to those attempting to bring drugs across the border that they will be apprehended"

"I am particularly concerned about the safety issues we discoverd at these grow houses and we've been working with electrical professionals in the termination phase of this operation."

Mr Good says all of these properties had been modified internally without the consent of owners or agents and, more significantly, the electrical supply to the houses had been tampered with.

"We've been dealing with live wires hanging loose, connections to the mains supply by-passed and houses left without any earthing mechanism. This type of tampering is potentially life threatening through the risk of either electric shock or fire"

"I urge all landlords to do regular, thorough checks on their properties to reduce such a risk." said Mr Good.


Police video taken inside one of the alleged grow houses can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/KiuDF41Y-LE

Still pictures are available on the Police website: www.police.govt.nz

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news