First it was Wellington, now police have revealed 12 people have been arrested in Wairoa and Gisborne in an undercover drugs sting.
The 10-month investigation into methamphetamine and cannabis offences concluded on Tuesday as police executed search warrants at six properties in Wairoa, and one in Gisborne.
Those arrested, both men and women aged between 20 and 60, are facing more than 100 charges for possession, supply, and selling of the controlled drugs. Eight of the 12 will have their bail applications opposed.
A police media spokesman said the arrests were not connected to the Wellington bust, which netted firearms, methamphetamine, at least $450,000 in cash, and a hand grenade.
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Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford said of the Eastern district raids: “As we know, illicit drugs cause considerable harm, not only for the person using it, but for their family, friends and wider community. It is also a driver of other crimes including burglary and assaults.
“The disruption of this supply chain will make a difference to the Wairoa and Gisborne communities and we encourage them to continue to work with us to further prevent the social cost of methamphetamine and cannabis.
“We will also be reaching out to the community and people who we’ve identified as being affected by these drugs to offer preventative support, and will work closely with local DHBs and drug counselling agencies to try and reduce further harm.”
Police urged anyone with information about illegal drugs in their community to contact their local station, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If anyone they knew was affected by drug use, they could call the Alcohol and Drug Helpline for free on 0800 787 797.