Please attribute to Detective Inspector Chris Barry, Auckland City CIB:
Police have concerns some cans of a distinctive beer circulating in the community could be contaminated with methamphetamine.
This has come to light as Auckland City Police continue to investigate an importation of methamphetamine into New Zealand contained in cans of beer.
The specific beer is called ‘Honey Bear House Beer’ and is packaged in a distinctive blue and red aluminium can. This shipment were of 473ml cans with a picture of a red bear.
It is not believed this beer is available to be purchased in New Zealand and no other brand is involved in this shipment.
Police believe it is unlikely that any cans from this shipment have been sold over the counter or online, however part of the shipment may have been given away or passed on between associates.
We are advising anyone in possession of these cans that there is a risk they could be contaminated with methamphetamine.
Consuming beer contaminated with methamphetamine may have serious or fatal medical consequences.
Police ask anyone who might be in possession of a can of ‘Honey Bear House Beer’ to not drink it.
Please contact Police immediately by phoning our 105 phone service quoting the file number 230310/6793.
We also ask anyone that might have further information regarding the product to also contact Police on 105 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police is continuing with the investigation and due to the ongoing nature will be limited in further comment on those aspects.
However, the immediate priority is to advise anyone in possession of the cans to avoid consuming the beverage and to notify us.
It is anticipated further investigation updates may be available in the coming days.
Issued by Police Media Centre
NOTE FOR MEDIA: Police is also issuing a photo of the cans with this release, downloadable via the URL.