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Police suspect synthetic drugs in death of 36-year-old Hutt Valley man

News from NZ Police
Hutt Valley Police are investigating a death last night that is possibly related to synthetic drugs. The deceased is a 36-year-old man who lived in the Hutt Valley.

Police have referred the death to the Coroner.

“It is important to stress that the Coroner’s investigation will take some time and is at a very early stage,” says Hutt Valley Area Commander, Inspector Sean Hansen. “There is a possibility that this death may not have been caused by a synthetic drug and this is ultimately for the Coroner to decide.”

Police have already seized a significant amount of synthetic drugs from addresses within the Hutt Valley and wider Wellington District and a number of arrests have been made.

Police are working closely with other government agencies such as District Health Boards, the Ministry of Health, Customs and Coronial Services, to ensure that the public is well informed about the dangers of taking this drug. You can provide information to Police directly or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police
Police today executed a search warrant at an address in Porirua in relation to the supply of psychoactive substances. Two people – a man and a woman – are helping Police with enquiries.

Police remain at the address, which is the subject of an ongoing search.

As a precaution, the Armed Offenders Squad was present during the initial phase of the search.

Since November 1, there have been 17 incidents related to synthetic drugs in the Kapiti-Mana Area.