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43-year-old Hutt Valley man arrested in ‘significant’ meth bust

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A 43-year-old Hutt Valley man was arrested this week in relation to Operation Elusive, a National Organised Crime Group (NOCG) investigation into a large-scale methamphetamine supply business operating across the lower North Island.

The man’s vehicle was stopped by Police in the central North Island on 24 May. A search of the vehicle revealed more than $100,000 in cash, and a significant amount of methamphetamine.

The man was arrested and a search was subsequently undertaken at his Lower Hutt address.

As a result of that search, NOCG has seized approximately 10.5 kilos of methamphetamine, other drugs including GBL and cocaine, more than $500,000 in cash, a firearm, and ammunition.

The 43-year-old man has been charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply, possession of GBL for supply, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of cocaine.

The investigation remains ongoing and further charges may be laid.

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The 10.5 kilos of methamphetamine seized equates to more than 500,000 individual doses; has a street value of more than $3,600,000; and a Drug Harm Prevention figure of more than $11 million.

“This is a considerable seizure, with an appreciable amount of harm removed from our communities,” says Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson of NOCG.

“I have no doubt we have disrupted a significant supply chain across the Wellington region and wider afield.”

“Firearms and drugs are a lethal combination and Police are determined to take every opportunity to detect, investigate, prevent, disrupt and confront those involved in serious and organised crime.”

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“Our communities are safer due to the exceptional disruption of this illicit operation and the seizures made.”

The 43-year-old man is scheduled to reappear in Hutt Valley District Court on 13 June 2023.

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Source:NZ Police

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