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First arrest under new Psychoactive Substances law

Waikato records first arrest under new Psychoactive Substances law

Anywhere at any time is the message from Waikato Police to offenders involved in the illegal sale of psychoactive substances.

Hamilton City Licensing Officer, Sergeant Jim Kernohan said the public had sent a clear message in terms of their lack of tolerance towards these products and the harmful impact these products have had on our communities and particularly on our vulnerable young people.

"Nowhere was this more apparent than in Hamilton last night when Police were advised of a man allegedly selling psychoactive substances from a motel unit on Ulster St shortly after midnight.

"Responding officers arrived to find a 31-year-old man and his female partner in possession of 196 packets of unsold product and $680 in cash. The man told us he had purchased the packets in Auckland for $10 each and was selling them for $20."

The man was arrested and charged with selling a prohibited substance and was due to appear in the Hamilton District Court today.

“This is an excellent result by staff in the Waikato District and should reaffirm to the public and those involved in illegal sales of psychoactive substances that Police will act swiftly to get this harmful product of the streets’ says Inspector Rob Duindam of Police National Headquarters

Mr Kernohan said as part of yesterday’s Operation Recall focussed on ensuring psychoactive products were no longer available for sale, Police and Public Health enforcement officers visited 11 retailers.

"We visited eight Hamilton businesses, two in Thames and one in Te Awamutu.

"All of the premises were found to be complying with the new legislation though one Thames businessman was issued a warning for having four packets of a banned substance in his personal possession."

"Waikato Police and Public Health officials will continue to work with local government, business organisations and the public to monitor and enforce compliance with the new legislation.

"We thank that member of the public for coming forward and would like to encourage anyone who has concerns or information about the illegal sale or distribution of these products to also contact Police. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111’ said Mr Kernohan.

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