31 Aug 2016

Arrests as police seize $90k and drugs in Kapiti Coast raids

12:47 pm on 31 August 2016

Police have seized $90,000 in cash, methamphetamine and other drugs in raids on two houses on the Kapiti Coast.

Police van out in South Auckland

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Members of the Manawatu Organised Crime Unit, Armed Offenders Squad, Asset Recovery Unit and a specialist dog unit carried out the raids on Friday.

Two women and a man were arrested.

Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson of the Manawatu Organised Crime Unit said the searches were carried out due to concerns raised by the Otaki community.

"It is fantastic that we have this result for those people who have had enough of methamphetamine and other controlled drugs affecting their community.

"When people are driving past applauding while the warrant is being executed, then you know you are doing something right," he said.

A 47-year-old Otaki man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply, possession of ammunition, cultivation of cannabis and possession of cannabis. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on 14 September and police said further charges were likely.

A 27-year-old Otaki woman was arrested at a second house and faces 18 charges relating to the possession and supply of methamphetamine and GBL. She has also been remanded in custody and is due to appear the Levin District Court tomorrow.

A second woman, aged 42, was also arrested for breach of bail.