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Operation Cobalt: Two Christchurch meth dealers arrested

Two people will appear in court following a Police operation in Christchurch, in which meth, firearms and cash were seized.

The pair were arrested following a search warrant at a residential address in Aranui, Christchurch on Saturday.

Police located and seized 1.2kg of methamphetamine with a street value of around $400,000, two firearms, and a large amount of cash.

A 24-year-old woman is due to appear in Christchurch District Court on 24 July on one charge of possessing methamphetamine for supply, and seven charges relating to the unlawful possession of firearms.

A 27-year-old man is due to appear in Christchurch District Court on 31 July on three counts of possessing methamphetamine for supply and seven charges relating to the unlawful possession of firearms.

They have both been remanded in custody.

‘These arrests are an example of the ongoing work being carried out as part of Operation Cobalt across New Zealand, targeting illegal activity by gang members and their associates,’ said Detective Inspector Scott Anderson, Canterbury Field Crime Manager.

‘Dealing methamphetamine in our communities has far-reaching consequences and the significant amount seized has prevented considerable harm in the community.

‘Unfortunately, illegal firearms and methamphetamine often go hand-in-hand, so to remove illegal firearms from the criminal underworld is significant.

‘Police have no tolerance for this type of criminal offending and will continue to target people supplying methamphetamine to the community.’

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Source:NZ Police

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