Matthew Backhouse is a NZME. News Service journalist based in Auckland.

Dealer arrested in P bust

Photo / File
Photo / File

An alleged drug dealer was caught with $14,000 worth of methamphetamine in a crack-down on Canterbury dealers who source the drug from the North Island.

Detective Sergeant Greg Cottam of the Christchurch police organised crime unit said the 50-year-old man was arrested in Christchurch early on Saturday morning.

He was found in possession of methamphetamine with a street value of $14,000.

The man will be held in custody until he appears in Christchurch District Court tomorrow charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Mr Cottam said the arrest followed an operation targeting methamphetamine dealers who source the drug from the North Island to import into Canterbury.

"Police will continue to target methamphetamine dealers to disrupt the drug trade," he said.

"This trade has a significant impact on society, with crimes such as burglaries being committed to fund the habits of methamphetamine users."

Mr Cottam said no one else else was being sought in connection with the operation.


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