Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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

 

Police Operation Disrupts Crime Syndicate In Wellington

A joint operation between Police and Immigration New Zealand has disrupted a criminal syndicate being operated by Vietnamese and Cambodian nationals in Wellington.

Three people, one of whom faces deportation, have been jointly charged with cultivating cannabis and participating in an organised criminal group. They will appear in the Wellington District Court next week.

Two others will be deported and one other faces potential deportation.

Police executed three search warrants at three addresses in Wellington and Kapiti yesterday morning. Two of the properties were found to have been set up as sophisticated cannabis growing houses capable of producing large quantities of cannabis to sell.

At the third address, Police seized approximately $15,000 of cash.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch says the operation serves as a reminder that Police continue to investigate criminal groups who seek to enrich themselves through commercial cannabis cultivation.

“These groups are highly organised and spend significant effort and expense operating under the radar in rented residential homes across our towns and cities.

“When they eventually move on, they often leave the houses with extensive damage and unpaid rent.

We encourage owners and agents operating residential rental properties to know their tenants and regularly inspect in accordance with their rights under the Residential Tenancies Act.”

Immigration Investigations’ National Manager, Stephanie Greathead, says the operation emphasises the importance for migrants to be aware of people who would seek to exploit their immigration status.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

“If you are being asked to pay large sums of money to offshore agents to travel and work in New Zealand, it is highly likely that this is part of a fraudulent scam.”

This operation bears similarities to Operation Beryl, which terminated in Tamaki Makaurau on 1 December, removing 6886 plants and approximately 10 kilograms of packaged cannabis from possible sale.

This had a street value of between $16-$25 million. Up to $100,000 in cash was also located and seized. Enquiries are ongoing to determine any link between the two operations.

We encourage anyone with information about suspected money laundering and drug dealing in their community to contact 105, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Migrant communities concerned with possible exploitation should contact MBIE on 0800 20 90 20.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos


Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?
More


 
 


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More


Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.