Police bust Invercargill 'meth ring'

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012

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A four-month police sting ended yesterday as the leaders of an alleged $200,000 Invercargill P operation were arrested in the North Island.

Police in Auckland and Hamilton swooped at 7am yesterday to net the two alleged ringleaders, believed to have masterminded the supply of $150,000 to $200,000 of methamphetamine into Invercargill.

The men, a 46-year-old who had been commuting between Hamilton and Invercargill and a 43-year-old Aucklander, are in custody and could face court in Invercargill, police said.

The sting, dubbed Operation Queen, was a joint effort between Southern police and colleagues in the North Island.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said police became aware of the meth operation four months ago.

Operation Queen follows another meth bust organised by Southern police this year. In April, nine people were arrested as part of Operation Moses, allegedly part of a supply ring in Queenstown and Invercargill sourcing P from a lab in Auckland.

"This drug is money-driven and people involved have no concern or care for the level of harm it wreaks on our southern communities," Mr Inglis said.

He said the city did not have a major P problem.

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