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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Please attribute to Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Lex Bruning:

West Coast Police have arrested 3 people in relation to Operation Joaquin, an investigation targeting the sale and supply of methamphetamine in the region.

Four search warrants were executed today in relation to the operation with the assistance of the Armed Offenders Squad. Three of the addresses were in Greymouth and one in Christchurch.

Methamphetamine, cannabis, cash and a loaded sawn-off firearm were seized.

A 32 year old male and his 34 year old female partner from Runanga have been jointly charged with conspiring to supply methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for supply and unlawful possession of a firearm. They have also been individually charged with multiple offering to supply methamphetamine and will appear in the Greymouth District Court this afternoon where bail will be opposed.

A 53 year old male, also from Runanga, has been charged with conspiracy to supply methamphetamine, 8 counts of offering to supply methamphetamine, cultivating cannabis, and offering to sell cannabis. He will appear in Court tomorrow morning where bail will be opposed.

These arrests are an excellent result for our staff who have run the operation since April 2021.

Disrupting the illicit distribution of methamphetamine will reduce harm not only to those that have already been exposed to the harmful effects of this destructive drug, but those who are impacted by the crime that is inevitably created by it.

We want to send a clear message that such criminal activity and illegal firearms won’t be tolerated, and Police are committed to reducing community harm created by the distribution of methamphetamine and the detrimental impact it has on all communities.


Issued by the Police Media Centre