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Police updates – Greymouth drug dealer arrested, fatal crash Kaitaia

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 17 June 2023.

Man arrested in Greymouth for supplying methamphetamine

Police have arrested a man for his involvement in supplying methamphetamine throughout the West Coast.

The 37-year-old man was arrested on Thursday following a search warrant at an address in Greymouth.

The search warrant is part of the ongoing Operation Huhu which investigates the supply of controlled drugs throughout the West Coast area.

The man was due to appear in the Greymouth District Court yesterday facing a charge of supplying methamphetamine.

The Tasman District Organised Crime Unit who are involved in Operation Huhu also arrested two men and a woman on 2 June for their roles in distributing controlled drugs throughout the West Coast.

Enquiries into the distribution of controlled drugs by members of organised criminal groups as part of Operation Huhu are ongoing, and further arrests cannot be ruled out.

‘A criminal element in the West Coast is causing harm by supplying controlled drugs, particularly methamphetamine, and the wider community should not have to put up with or accept the consequences of that,’ said Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Dye, Tasman Organised Crime unit.

‘Police are committed to investigating both individuals and organised criminal groups who cause harm to the community through the distribution of controlled drugs.

‘We will continue to work hard to disrupt the distribution of drugs in our communities, put offenders before the court and to seize any assets or profits accumulated as a result.

‘Police want to help those affected by drugs to get away from the downward cycle of addiction, they should not be afraid to approach Police or other social agencies for help.

‘Police continue to see organised criminal groups taking advantage of the addictiveness of drugs, especially methamphetamine, to profit from it. Drug users become victims of these profit-motivated, organised criminals who do not care about the harm they inflict on users, their families and the community.’

If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood or are concerned someone you know is involved with drugs, please contact Police.

Information can also be shared anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Arrest following Palmerston North burglary

A man has been arrested and charged following a burglary in Palmerston North overnight on Friday.

Between 1am and 6am on Friday June 16, three vehicles were stolen from Manawatū Toyota on Walding Street.

A 40-year-old man has been arrested and charged in relation to the matter.

Enquiries remain ongoing to locate the three vehicles.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area early this morning and saw anything suspicious.

Police are particularly interested in sightings of the following vehicles (see photos):

  • A 2023 model blue Toyota C-HR, registration PTZ235
  • A 2023 model blue Toyota Yaris, registration PRE731
  • A 2019 model blue Ford Ranger Utility, registration MEC81
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It is possible the registration plates have been altered to disguise the appearance of the vehicles.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the vehicles, or other information that could assist our enquiries, is asked to please call Police on 105 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting Police file number 230616/6563.

Fatal crash, Kaitaia

One person has died following a serious single-vehicle crash in Kaitaia late last night.

Police were called to Takahue Road about 10pm.

The occupant was transported to hospital however sadly later died.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.

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