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22-year-old arrested after police seize synthetic drugs in Cannons Creek

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police have executed four search warrants in Cannons Creek this morning, related to the manufacture and supply of synthetic drugs. Approximately two kilograms of product was found.

A 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He faces asset recovery action and will appear in the Porirua District Court today facing charges related to firearms, the sale, supply and manufacture of illicit drugs.

Officer in charge of Kapiti-Mana Criminal Investigations Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Ferguson says more than 50 staff were involved in the operation.

“As a result of the search warrants this morning, we have recovered a quantity of synthetic drugs and cannabis, as well as associated paraphernalia, cash and firearms,” he says. “The Armed Offenders Squad, Asset Recovery staff and a number of specialist search teams were involved in this extensive investigation.”

“Synthetic drugs are being cheaply imported into New Zealand, and their use appears to be steadily rising,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Ferguson. “Users are putting their lives at serious risk by even trying these illicit products. We need the whole community to help us prevent this sort of harm. We need them to tell us who is infecting our community with these dangerous products. We hope today’s arrest sends a strong message to those thinking of targeting members of our community with these products.

“Any information on the manufacture or supply of illicit drugs should be provided in confidence to your local police station.” Information may also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police
A 28-year-old man has been charged with firearms and drug offences following a search warrant in rural Wairarapa this morning. The warrant was part of the investigation into two dogs being shot dead in east Masterton in August.

Three shot guns, a high powered hunting rifle and a significant amount of ammunition was recovered by the Police. The firearms will be forensically tested to see if they are linked to the dog killings.

Detective Sergeant Mike Smith says any incident involving the use of firearms poses an obvious and significant risk to the community and will be taken very seriously.

“This morning we were able to remove a number of firearms from the hands of those who put the community at risk by having them in their possession.”

The man is due to appear in the Masterton District Court on the 14 th of September.