Manukau Courier : November 19th 2010
5 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 NEWS Police raids a blow to drug dealers By DAVID TAURANGA The supply of P has been dealt a huge blow after police recovered $800,000 worth of the drug and precursor materials during raids last week. Police searched four properties in Manurewa, Papakura, Maraetai and Kai- aua. Staff from around the dis- trict worked with the metro clandestine lab team and the Auckland armed offenders squad on the raids. Detective inspector Dave Lynch says the results were some of the best on record in the enforcement of the dis- trict s methamphetamine control strategy. It reflects the sustained pressure being applied to organised crime networks involved in the manufacture and supply of methampheta- mine, he says. Six men aged 18 to 44 and three women all aged 30 were arrested during the raids. Along with drugs, precur- sor materials and manufac- turing equipment, police also recovered three rifles, a pump-action shotgun and a pistol at the Maraetai prop- erty. The largest haul recovered was at rental property on East Coast Rd in Kaiaua which was searched last Thursday, Mr Lynch says. Thirty grams of metham- phetamine were located with a street value of up to $30,000. Also found were precursor substances sufficient to manufacture methampheta- mine with a street value of $750,000. A 39-year-old man and two of the women were found at the rental property and all face drug charges. In addition to the raids police also arrested a 33-year- old man during a routine traffic stop on Ferndown Ave in Papatoetoe last week. After allegedly giving police false details the man tried to drive off but was stopped by officers and members of the public. Police found 1.2 grams of a white powder believed to be methamphetamine in the vehicle plus $10,420 in cash. Two children inside the car at the time were referred to Child Youth and Family. The man faces drug charges as well as supplying false details and driving while disqualified. Police were very concerned that five children were dis- covered by police during the raids and the traffic stop, Mr Lynch says. The presence of two young children in this vehicle and at the other addresses reflects police concerns around kids being exposed to the dangers of clan labs and drugs. Last week s successes were due to good police work using information from concerned members of the public, he says. Acting on information relating to the manufacture and supply of methampheta- mine is an absolute priority. Call your local police station or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111 if you have any information. Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUNDAY STAR TIMES MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 21, 2010 How'sMsClarkgettingonat theUNandwasshegoodfor New Zealand? HELEN IN NEW YORK Naked holidays are on the rise (but not for the reason you'd think) Travelling light Being a woman's cool Why it's great when you're not a girl YouTube's first documentary OUR WORLD SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. ESCAPE The best of travel, food, wellbeing and entertainment. ■ Heal thyself - cheap and safe ways to look after your health. ■ Be in to win a set of great gardening tools. ■ TV - Peta Mathias' taste of the islands. ■ Helen in New York -- how's Ms Clark getting on at the UN and was she good for New Zealand? ■ YouTube's first documentary. ■ Being a woman's cool -- why it's great when you're not a girl. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) WIN u ury boutique break to Tasmania A Beinto PLUS Students form friendships out of earthquake relief Pen pals: Otahuhu Primary School students, from left: Christopher Tangi, Gulnaaz Begum, Grant Steedman, Joseph Henry, Dochamaneyao Lavea and Jason Tran hold the letters they received from students at Christchurch's Aranui Primary School. Otahuhu Primary School students have formed an unlikely friendship with children affected by the Christ- church earthquake. Last term the school raised more than $1200 to support the earth- quake victims and chose to send the money to Aranui Primary because it was also a decile one school. Students sent letters of support for the Christchurch kids and recently got letters back. The Aranui Primary students wrote to say how thankful they were to receive the donation and letters. They talked about how frightening the earthquake was and how they have had to hide under their desks during the aftershocks. Some students houses were damaged and they had to go with- out power or water for days. Otahuhu Primary principal Jason Swann says it was heartwarming to see his students genuine concern for the Christchurch children.
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