Seven arrested in Wellington meth bust

Some of the drugs seized by police.
NZ POLICE

Some of the drugs seized by police.

Thirteen homes around Wellington have been raided in a police meth bust.

According to police, searches were carried out in Wellington, Hutt Valley, and Porirua as police cracked down on a "Wellington city-based methamphetamine dealing syndicate".

For the past month, police had been watching a 53-year-old Wellington man, resulting in 13 searches and seven arrested on Tuesday.

Police seized methamphetamine, cash, and property during a raid in Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua, dubbed Operation Oak.
NZ POLICE

Police seized methamphetamine, cash, and property during a raid in Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua, dubbed Operation Oak.

They face charges including supplying and offering to supply methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for supply, offering to supply and supplying GBL, possession of cannabis and drug utensils.

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Police found about 50grams of methamphetamine, around $40,000 cash, as well as property suspected to be stolen.

"This syndicate is believed to have been active for a significant period of time dealing methamphetamine to people in the central city," Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch  said.

"The investigation has also uncovered the regular trading of stolen property, including phones, designer bags and jewellery in exchange for drugs by the syndicate."

Police were now contacting customers of the syndicate "to provide advice and referral to support agencies who can help them to confront and deal with any drug-related problems affecting them and their families".

 

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