Eight arrested in BOP drug raids

A ute was also seized. Photo: Supplied.

Eight people have been arrested on drug-related charges after a number of search warrants were carried out in Tauranga, Paeroa and Rotorua. 

The search warrants followed a two-month investigation by Police’s National Organised Crime Group into a significant drug-dealing network operating in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.

Six women and two men, aged from 28 to 55 years, were arrested on Tuesday.

They face a total of 42 charges including importing methamphetamine, GBL and MDMA, and possession and distribution of these drugs.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brett Shields says this investigation initially arose out of enquiries into the burglary of a commercial property in Tauranga in November 2019, where a large amount of iodine was stolen. 

Iodine is a ‘material’ used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

"As our investigation unfolded we identified an extensive network involved in the importation of methamphetamine, GBL, MDMA, and pre-cursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.” 

The investigation was headed up by NOCG’s National Clandestine Laboratory Response Team and supported by local staff, and uncovered a significant drug dealing network centred in the Bay of Plenty and extending into the Waikato region. 

Police also seized a quantity of methamphetamine and MDMA, as well as LSD, cannabis, cash, Bitcoin, a ute (pictured), and a number of electronic items used in coordinating drug importation and distribution.

“These illicit drugs cause a significant amount of harm in communities across New Zealand.

“They destroy the lives of users, as well as hurting users’ families and loved ones.” 

He says they are confident today’s operation will result in a major disruption to the supply of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. 

Those arrested will appear in Whakatāne, Hamilton and Rotorua District Courts in the coming days. 

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Posted on 06-10-2020 14:34 | By morepork

There are a number of crimes that make us think capital punishment would be appropriate; crimes against children, crimes against Humanity, Drugs, as you noted, and so on. But we don’t have it. Why do you think that is? I can think of 2 immediate reasons: if you execute an innocent person there is no reprieve, and when we DID have it, it didn’t have the desired deterrent effect. Crime still continued. An expert on Law could probably give you many more. Nevertheless, there are some criminals where rehabilitation is never going to happen, with crimes SO beyond the pale, that we have to ask why we should pay over $130,000 per year to keep them out of our society. Despite that, I’m glad we don’t have it; it shows we have grown over the last few centuries.


Posted on 01-10-2020 13:04 | By

Our Police are doing a GREAT job busting these idiots. Keep sledge hammering them. Hopefully the courts will give our Police the backing needed and continue the hammering. As Caveman states, no more wet bus tickets. Time to throw the book at them - the hard covered version.

Lets hope -

Posted on 29-09-2020 20:52 | By The Caveman

it’s no going to result in another wet bus ticket lot of sentences !! Maybe it’s time to look overseas for the punishment to fit the crime - a new sentence of DEATH for production and dealing over a specified amount looks like being in order - especially given the use of the stuff often results in that for the end user !!!