Napier man busted in synthetic cannabis arrest as police investigate deaths linked to drug
Police have arrested a 50-year-old Napier man on charges of possessing the psychoactive drug known as synthetic cannabis.
The arrest comes as police investigate what could be the 10th death linked to the drug for the month of July alone.
The man was arrested on Friday after police executed two search warrants in relation to the supply of the drug.
"Police will continue to target the sellers of these products as their client base are often disaffected and vulnerable," Detective Sergeant Craig Vining said.
"These substances are extremely dangerous and users can experience severe health issues.
"As well as being dangerous to people's health, we know that the use of these products are a driver of crime, with users committing crimes to fund their habits, causing further harm to the community.
"I would hope that today's warrants and arrest will have other dealers looking over their shoulders because we know there are more out there looking to profit from these users' misery," Vining said.
The arrested man will appear in the Hastings District Court on Saturday on charges of possession of a non-approved psychoactive substance for the purpose of sale, unlawful possession of a restricted weapon, possession of cannabis seeds, and driving while forbidden.