Facebook used to sell drugs in Rotorua

Facebook is being used to buy and sell drugs.
ANDY JACKSON/FAIRFAX NZ

Facebook is being used to buy and sell drugs.

The proposed Facebook 'dislike' button might come in handy for two Rotorua men who have been charged with using the social media website to sell drugs.

Bay of Plenty Police have revealed that an investigation into online sales on a group trading forum culminated in the execution of a search warrant at an address in the Hillcrest area of Rotorua on Thursday.

Police said the raid uncovered a significant amount of cannabis and cash and two men, aged 24 and 29, have been charged with selling cannabis and possession of cannabis for supply.

Detective Sergeant Tony Colby said members of the public often raised concerns about the sale of drugs on social media.

"We hope these arrests demonstrate that we hear these concerns and are committed to finding opportunities to prosecute where we can establish a crime has been committed," he said.

"We also encourage the community to use their own influence on social media forums to discourage this sort of behaviour and use the reporting mechanisms provided by Facebook to report individuals who breach the site's Community Standards.

"We ask administrators of group forums to take equal responsibility by blocking and reporting criminal activity."

The two men are scheduled to appear at Rotorua District Court next week. 

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