Friday, 10 October 2003 - 11:41am |
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Methamphetamine lab in Dunedin

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Canterbury and Southern Police have terminated a methamphetamine operation encompassing Christchurch and Dunedin.

Yesterday police executed 15 search warrants in Dunedin and Christchurch, and as a result ten people will appear in court today charged with conspiring to manufacture a Class A or B controlled drug namely methamphetamine.

A property in Dunedin has been identified as used for the manufacture of methamphetamine. This is the first time a clan lab has been discovered in Dunedin.

DSS Greg WILLIAMS, Canterbury Drug Squad, says that this is the result of a two month operation focussing on the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the night club scene both in Christchurch and Dunedin.

&#34We believe it will have a considerable impact on methamphetamine in the night club scene in the city,&#34 he says.

Three properties in Christchurch, including a dwelling on the outskirts of the city and two inner city night clubs, are being held today to continue being searched.

Ten people will appear in court today, including four in Dunedin. Further arrests and charges are likely.

&#34This is part of a continued targeting of cooks who are being contracted from outside Christchurch to manufacture meths,&#34 says DSS WILLIAMS. &#34It has been great co operation between Canterbury and Dunedin staff who have put in long, hard hours over the last few months. I must commend them.&#34