News from NZ Police
An unemployed Northland man, Frank William Murray of Herekino, has been sentenced in the Auckland High Court to 19 years in prison for 18 drug related charges, including multiple counts of manufacturing and supplying methamphetamine.
Detective Sgt John Sowter from the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) said that the 47 year old was part of a network of manufacturers and suppliers whose tentacles stretched across the North Island. Investigations uncovered supply and manufacturing operations in Wellington and Hawkes Bay as well as Northland and Auckland.
“Operation Enzone was triggered by intelligence gathered by Eastern District staff in Napier in July 2012,” Mr Sowter said. “Over the next four months Police and Customs launched multiple operations targeting the manufacturing and supply of methamphetamine, GHB (fantasy) and precursor chemicals.
“It is clear from our investigations that this organised criminal group was also making extensive efforts to launder the money they were generating. We uncovered numerous purchases of motor vehicles, tractors, diggers, farm equipment, boats and building supplies valued at over $250,000.”
Sixteen people were arrested following the termination of Operation Enzone in November 2012.
Mr Sowter said Operation Enzone and its parallel investigations are a great example of Police and Customs working together to protect the New Zealand public from organised criminal groups.
“The success of this investigation sends a clear message to the entire criminal community that Police and our partner agencies are working together to target organised criminal groups who are harming our community,” Mr Sowter said.
“Police are pleased to see such a significant sentence that came after a great deal of hard work and that sends a strong message to those contemplating this type of offending.”