Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Illegal drugs worth millions destroyed

MEDIA RELEASE


26 June 2013
Illegal drugs worth millions destroyed
Customs has today destroyed 729 kg of drugs estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars, to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The truckload of drugs destroyed included controlled drugs such as methamphetamine and its precursors, cocaine, GBL, ecstasy, cannabis, white powder psychoactive substances, and synthetic cannabinoids such as Kronic and K2.

Customs Manager Investigations Mark Day says drug abuse and illicit trafficking is a global problem and Customs is helping to protect New Zealand’s communities by interrupting the supply chain.

“Today’s destruction marks another successful year of seizures. Disrupting organised criminal networks is Customs’ top priority and our focus remains on intercepting drugs, targeting importers and arresting those individuals involved.

“A large part of Customs’ frontline activity involves gathering intelligence, identifying risks, detecting and intercepting drugs, conducting investigations, and prosecuting individuals in order to keep our communities safe,” he says.

“Traditional drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine remain high on Customs’ hit list. There’s also increasing concern and focus over the emergence of newer highs such as synthetic cannabinoids and other psychoactive substances used to make ecstasy mimics.

“These substances keep evolving in chemical composition and pose a real health danger to consumers who are taking untested and potentially deadly products,” Mr Day says.

The Psychoactive Substances Bill currently before parliament puts the onus on importers to prove their substances are low risk and approved by a regulator before they will be released by Customs.

Mr Day says the illicit drug market, like any other, is governed by consumer demand and supply. The demand will continue to see criminal networks attempting to smuggle drugs across New Zealand’s border.

Customs focuses on the illicit trade of drugs - in support of the government’s National Drug Policy and Methamphetamine Action Plan - and works in partnership with local law enforcement and overseas administrations to disrupt the supply chain.

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza?

As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even though he happens to be the main beneficiary of the Remuneration Authority’s generosity. Finance Minister Bill English says with a straight face that it would actually be very hard to give the money back...

Even if it were true, it would actually be very easy for English and any other guilty colleagues, to give the extra money away. There are any number of food banks or homeless shelters who would be able to put the money to good use. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

143 Troops, Possible SAS Deployment, Legalities Unsorted: PM’s Statement On ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL... More>>

ALSO:

Liu Saga: PM's Dinner With Controversial Donor

John Key must front up to New Zealand and say what he discussed with Donghua Liu when the disgraced businessman paid $25,000 for the Prime Minister to come to dinner at his Remuera home, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Roads: National MP 'Concerned' At Overseas Driver Crashes

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said she was concerned at the number of fatal crashes involving overseas licence holders and she really felt that the time had come for more to be done. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parole Bill Passes

A bill reducing parole hearings deemed to be unnecessary has passed. The third reading of the Parole Amendment Bill was completed by 104 to 16 with the Greens and Maori Party opposed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news