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

 


21 arrests in Wellington Police/Customs Operation

21 arrests, $20,000 of methamphetamine seized and $300k house restrained


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Over the past seven days, Wellington District Police and the New Zealand Customs Service have deployed more than 60 staff in a prevention-focussed operation targeting organised crime and drugs. Detectives, dog handlers, public safety officers and members of Police specialised units were deployed in Wellington, Porirua, Tawa, the Kapiti Coast and the Hutt Valley.

The intelligence-led operation code named Operation Python and was targeted at disrupting criminal activity in the community and was supported by New Zealand Customs around a number of drug importations involving the internet.

Twenty-nine search warrants were executed which has lead to the arrest of 21 people aged between 21 and 52 years. As a result of the evidence located they will be appearing before the courts on charges that including serious drug dealing, receiving stolen property and possession of firearms.

The drugs seized included methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, GBL, MDMA and cannabis. At a Wellington address Police located a significant haul of stolen property, $20,000 worth of methamphetamine and a large number of swords. A house in Tawa valued at more than $300,000 has also been restrained by the Central Asset Recovery Unit.

Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson says “This has been a whole-of-Police approach using all our staff’s expertise to have the maximum impact on those involved in illicit drug trafficking, trading weapons and other related crime.”

“We are very concerned at the joint seizures of drugs and firearms which have the very real potential to lead to tragedy. At one address we found a cache of firearms that presents a real risk to Police staff and the community. We certainly take a zero tolerance approach to this offending.”

“Police will act with urgency to identify those involved and seize the opportunity to reduce the risk and hold those responsible to account.”

During the course of the investigation Police worked closely with Customs and identified that there were people importing drugs through the internet. As a result of our ongoing joint work in this area, six arrests relating to the importation of methamphetamine, cocaine, and amphetamines were made during the Operation.

Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson added “Our message to those involved in using the internet for this purpose is that Customs and Police are actively investigating this method and we will continue to take action where appropriate. People may think it is somehow anonymous but we can assure you that this technique is being actively monitored.”

“Over the past few days we have seen a number of people who would not fit the usual profile of a drug importer get themselves caught up in serious offending. This has had a devastating impact on their families.”

Operation Python is part of the Wellington Districts ongoing commitment to preventing the harm caused by drugs and the danger that weapons present to community safety in the wrong hands. Over the past seven years close to 600 arrests have been made, dozens of firearms and weapons have been taken off the streets and millions of dollars of assets restrained and drugs seized.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news