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

 


Drugs and Organised Crime Targeted in Otara

Operation Obsidian: Drugs and Organised Crime Targeted in Otara


A Counties Manukau Police operation has terminated this week following a three month investigation into the organised crime and drugs trade in Otara. The operation, known as Operation Obsidian, has resulted in 13 arrests and multiple serious drugs charges around the sale and distribution of various class A and C drugs.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur of Counties Manukau Police East CIB says he expects the operation will have an impact on volume crime such as burglary and car theft.

“Counties Manukau Police will continue to crack down on drug dealing houses and the criminals who run to disrupt organised crime groups, which typically involve themselves in volume crime and the trade of stolen goods,” he says. “The thirteen arrests will significantly affect these groups and have a genuine impact on the availability of drugs in the area.”

Thirteen people will be appearing in court on charges including:

• Selling a class A controlled drug
• Selling a class C controlled drug
• Possession of cannabis for supply
• Possession of cannabis
• Receiving stolen property
• Allowing a premises to be used for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act
• Fines Warrants

Among the property that was recovered when the search warrants were executed was a gas powered pistol, a stolen laptop, various drug related items and utensils, nearly 100 cannabis tinnies and five mountain bikes which are suspected to be stolen.

“This is a significant operation which has taken place over a number of months and is the culmination of various smaller operations targeting drug offending throughout the District,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Harpur.

“Drug dealing houses are hubs for criminal offending. Most are invariably receiving stolen property, taking payments for drugs and are involved with organised crime groups. This case was no different and our community is a safer place following the termination of this operation.

“Police need the assistance of the public to effectively target organised crime, gangs and drugs. You do not have to put up with living next door to someone you know is growing, manufacturing or dealing drugs and the information you have can help make your community a safe place for your and your family to live,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Harpur.

Anyone with information on crime, including drugs or stolen property, can contact the organisation Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#Kexit: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love...“ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news