Six arrests as drug ring 'dismantled'

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 07:48 07/12/2013

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A two-day drugs sting targeting a Manawatu methamphetamine supply ring has resulted in six arrests which police are hailing as a "major success".

Ten search warrants were carried out in the past two days at eight residential properties and two commercial properties. As a result, six people were arrested and a small quantity of methamphetamine (also known as P) was found by officers as well as stolen property, including a digital projector.

Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson of Manawatu CIB said the focus of the sting was to disrupt a supply ring that had established itself in Palmerston North.

"We believe that this network was distributing methamphetamine in the Palmerston North area, and a team of officers from Manawatu, Whanganui and Wellington supported by specialist police dogs carried out the search warrants.

"This is a major success for both the police and the public of Palmerston North.

"By disrupting and dismantling the supply of illicit drugs, we can ensure our communities are happy, healthy and safe places to live."

Four men and two women were arrested on a variety of methamphetamine related charges. The men were aged 43, 37, 20 and 45, and the women were aged 28 and 39.

All but the 45-year-old man appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday.

The man faces other charges but police would not say what they were.

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- Manawatu Standard

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