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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attributable to Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Dye, Tasman Organised Crime unit:

Police have arrested a man for his involvement in supplying methamphetamine throughout the West Coast.

The 37-year-old man was arrested yesterday following a search warrant at an address in Greymouth.

The search warrant is part of the ongoing Operation Huhu which investigates the supply of controlled drugs throughout the West Coast area.

The man is due to appear in the Greymouth District Court today facing a charge of supplying methamphetamine.

The Tasman District Organised Crime Unit who are involved in Operation Huhu also arrested two men and a woman on 2 June for their roles in distributing controlled drugs throughout the West Coast.

Enquiries into the distribution of controlled drugs by members of organised criminal groups as part of Operation Huhu are ongoing, and further arrests cannot be ruled out.

A criminal element in the West Coast is causing harm by supplying controlled drugs, particularly methamphetamine, and the wider community should not have to put up with or accept the consequences of that.

Police are committed to investigating both individuals and organised criminal groups who cause harm to the community through the distribution of controlled drugs.

We will continue to work hard to disrupt the distribution of drugs in our communities, put offenders before the court and to seize any assets or profits accumulated as a result.

Police want to help those affected by drugs to get away from the downward cycle of addiction, they should not be afraid to approach Police or other social agencies for help.

Police continue to see organised criminal groups taking advantage of the addictiveness of drugs, especially methamphetamine, to profit from it. Drug users become victims of these profit-motivated, organised criminals who do not care about the harm they inflict on users, their families and the community.

If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood or are concerned someone you know is involved with drugs, please contact Police.

Information can also be shared anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.


Issued by Police Media Centre