Joint operation targets methamphetamine supply in Gore

As part of a joint operation with New Zealand Police targeting the supply of methamphetamine in the Gore community, a woman has been arrested and a quantity of methamphetamine and cannabis was seized last week.

Police are working to target methamphetamine distribution in Gore after Customs noted an increase in border interceptions of drugs destined for the region.

With the assistance of the Armed Offenders Squad, a 34-year-old woman was arrested in Gore last Wednesday, and was due to appear in the Invercargill District Court last Friday, charged with possession for supply of methamphetamine.

The operation continues with additional charges and arrests pending.

Customs Investigations Manager, Dominic Adams, says Customs was pleased to support Police in achieving this outcome.

“Methamphetamine impacts many communities across New Zealand and we are focused on working closely with our partners to prevent this harm.”

Police Field Crime Manager Sean Cairns says the methamphetamine was destined to cause immeasurable harm in our community.

“Our role is to minimise and prevent harm from occurring in our communities, to ensure everyone is safe and feels safe.

“I want to send a clear message to those dealing these illicit drugs that cause immeasurable harm in our community, we have dedicated staff who will continue to target, and hold you to account.” Cairns says.

Many staff are dedicated to identifying and locating dealers and suppliers of illicit drugs in our region, with Wednesdays operation involving 40 staff from across the South Island.

Methamphetamine causes serious impacts and harm for individuals and within their families. It has a ripple effect across the community.

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