Wanaka drug bust

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Last updated 15:16 02/12/2013
Southland Times
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Detective Hamish Barrons displays exhibits recovered in Operation Viking.

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Eight people have been arrested after an undercover police operation found ''large-scale dealings'' of LSD and Ecstasy in Wanaka.

Search warrants were conducted on 10 houses this morning and yesterday.

At a media conference at the Wanaka Police Station this afternoon, Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said the undercover operation had been running since July and included several undercover officers.

Police seized large quantities of LSD, MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis, targeting the flow of Class A and B drugs into the area in an operation dubbed Operation Viking.

The offenders, aged between 19 and 49 years, are expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court this afternoon and at later dates.

It is believed further arrests are likely.

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