Christchurch police raid multiple houses in synthetic drug bust

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 03, 2021 |

Photo: New Zealand police

Christchurch police have seized over three kilograms of synthetic cannabis and approximately $40,000 in cash in search warrants at properties in Sockburn, Papanui, Avonhead, Riccarton, and Somerfield this morning.

Three people, a 50-year-old woman, and two men aged 28 and 61 will appear in Christchurch District Court tomorrow charged with drug related offences including supplying controlled drugs, possession of controlled drugs for supply and participating in an organised criminal group.

A 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman have been charged with participating in an organised criminal group and drugs related offences.

The man is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court on 9 November, and the woman on 10 November.

Photo: New Zealand police

Detective Senior Sergeant Joel Syme said “we know synthetic cannabinoids are highly addictive and have the ability to cause significant physical and mental harm, including potentially fatal seizures.”

“Suppliers of synthetic cannabinoids target and sell their products to some of the most vulnerable members of our community and we believe the termination of this operation will disrupt the supply of these drugs across the district.”

“Canterbury Police will continue to target organised criminal groups involved in the supply of synthetic drugs.”

“We also encourage anyone affected by harmful drug use, and friends and whānau of those using synthetic drugs, to seek help through their local health provider or contact the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or free text 8681.”

Anyone with information about the sale or supply of drugs is urged to contact Police on 105, or provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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