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

 


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.

End

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Kim Regime

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US had a very clear objective and eventually offered a quid pro quo of the removal of some of its own missiles from Turkey. This time, there’s no clarity about what the US is seeking, or offering.

It hasn’t helped that the US and the global media consistently agree on calling North Korea and its leadership “crazy” and “irrational” and urging it to “come to its senses”. When you treat your opponent as being beyond reason, it gets hard to comprehend what their strategy is, let alone work out the terms of a viable compromise. More>>

 

Recovery: Economic Impact Of Kaikōura Quake Revealed

The report details the impact on small businesses and tourism caused by disruptions to transport infrastructure and the economic impacts... The impact on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the first 18 months following the earthquake has been estimated at $450-$500 million. More>>

ALSO:

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>

ALSO:

CORRECTIONS (March 2017):

SCHOOL SECLUSION ROOMS (2016):

$11bn Capital Spend, New Debt Target: Steven Joyce On Budget Priorities

First, delivering better public services for a growing country – providing all New Zealanders with the opportunity to lead successful independent lives... And finally, we remain committed to reducing the tax burden and in particular the impact of marginal tax rates on lower and middle income earners, when we have the room to do so. More>>

ALSO:

JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news