The National Organised Crime Group, using Operation Flag, have disrupted yet another methamphetamine supply chain this week following the execution of seven search warrants targeting Head Hunters Motorcycle gang and their associates in the Kāpiti-Mana and Tasman areas.
Police recovered approximately 84 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of $84,000 and a number of items believed to be used in the distribution of methamphetamine.
Three firearms were seized from one of the properties.
Six people have been charged with a range of drug offences, including the alleged distribution of approximately 482 grams of methamphetamine.
They all appeared in the Wellington and Nelson District Courts this week.
One has been remanded in custody and the remaining five have been bailed to appear at a later date.
Police also seized a number of assets from the offenders including three Harley Davidson motorcycles, a Chevrolet motorcycle and approximately $5,000 in cash.
Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Pritchard of the National Organised Crime Group says this operation should be a warning to those in the community who continue to attempt to profit from distributing methamphetamine.
“Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug and very harmful, not only to those who take it, but to their family and the wider community,” he says. “The Drug Harm Index estimates the social cost to New Zealand of 482 grams of methamphetamine in the community to be approximately $619,000. This includes personal harm and community harm.
“Operation Flag highlights that Police will continue to target gangs like the Head Hunters who continue to distribute harmful drugs into the community,” says Mr Pritchard.
“Drug use is a driver of numerous other crimes so operations of this nature will continue to be a priority,” he says.
“Unfortunately the demand for methamphetamine is fed by those addicted and interventions are required in order to help these people.”
Alongside investigations and prosecutions, Police are work with partner agencies to provide rehabilitation for those with drug addictions.
If you have concerns about any person who is using or abusing drugs, please contact the Drug Alcohol Helpline on 0800 787 797 or visit www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz for information and support.
Anyone with any information on the manufacture and supply of illicit drugs is asked to please speak to Police so we can prevent further harm. Information may also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.