18 arrests in Western Bay drug raid


Police in Western Bay of Plenty have delivered another blow to drug offenders today arresting 18 people during a series of raids.

A total of 17 search warrants have been executed in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Te Puke.

Ten men and eight women have been arrested in relation to methamphetamine, LSD, cannabis, cannabis plants and stolen property offences.

The majority of the methamphetamine (approximately 15 grams) was located at a Tauranga address. A 50-year-old man from that address now faces charges of both possession and supply.

A stolen outboard motor and cannabis were located at a Welcome Bay address. Three men were arrested at that location.

Cannabis plants were discovered at houses in Te Puke (35 plants), Tauriko (31 plants) and Bethlehem (49 plants). The plants were in various stages of development.

Those arrested face a variety of charges including possession and supply of Class A and C drugs, cultivating cannabis, possession of drug utensils, receiving stolen property and breaching court bail.

Approximately 40 officers took part in today's operation, including armed officers and police dogs.

Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier said: "We have sent a clear message today that we will not tolerate drugs in our community. We will continue to shake the trees until those people intent on criminal offending realise that they have nowhere to hide and that they need to start doing something more productive with their lives."

If you have information about drug manufacture or supply, ring your local Police Station. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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