Meth seizure means safer communities

Meth seizure means safer communities

Commissioner Mike Bush
 
Nga mihi. Congratulations to everyone involved in Operation Cossack, which saw methamphetamine with a street value of $17 million seized after a joint investigation by the Counties Manukau Organised Crime Unit and Customs.
 
This was a seven-month operation into the alleged importing of methamphetamine by a Thailand-based gang member. Jewellery and cash worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were also recovered.
 
Three people have appeared in court charged with importing and supplying methamphetamine and money laundering.
 
As well as involving great work by staff in New Zealand, operations such as this show the great value of the overseas networks built up by our liaison officers in their posts around the world.
 
Our investigators believe the drug was destined for the New Zealand market. Methamphetamine destroys lives and drives further offending of all sorts, so this success means our communities have been spared a huge amount of harm.
 

A lifetime contribution

Congratulations are also due to Superintendent Wally Haumaha, Deputy Chief Executive Māori, who was honoured last week by his iwi Ngāti Whakaue for his lifetime contribution to his people.
 
The iwi acknowledged Wally’s leadership and noted that he has held every position at Waiteti Marae, Rotorua, from cleaner to Chief Executive. He helped lead the successful Te Arawa Treaty settlement and led the rebuild of the116-year-old Marae.
 
The award also honoured Wally’s long commitment to policing, which has involved building strong relationships with almost every major tribe in the country.
 
Wally has done a huge amount to boost trust and confidence in Police among Māori and his insights are invaluable in helping us better serve our communities.
 
That’s all for this week. Until next time, stay safe.
 

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