Taupo man arrested for importing drugs

A Taupo man has been arrested for importing a drug similar LSD, which was hidden inside a DVD case.

Customs officers and Taupo police both took part in the operation which resulted in Tuesday's arrest of the 23-year-old unemployed man.

Customs NZ said 2025 tabs of the hallucinogenic drug 25B-NBOMe, which mimics LSD, were intercepted in a package destined for the man's Taupo address.

The man, who was on bail for previous unrelated offending, appeared in the Rotorua District Court yesterday on charges relating to the importation of class C drugs.

Further charges in relation to the importation of controlled drugs are pending.

Acting group manager investigations and response Shane Panettiere said Customs was pleased these illicit substances have not made it into our communities.

"People should be aware of the dangers posed to themselves and others when they consume these types of substances," he said.

"The analogue drug 25B-NBOMe is often marketed as LSD because of similar affects such as hallucinations, when you couple this with further affects of confusion and paranoia, the results can be fatal."

Last year, an Australian man was reported to have died from injuries sustained from behaviour caused by an overdose of this LSD mimic.

Senior Sergeant Harry Harvey said police were pleased with the result of this operation.

"It's always good to see the results of the combined efforts of both agencies and we appreciate the collaborative work with our partners at Customs."

"Taupo may seem a long way from the border but Customs are on the look out here too," he said.

The maximum sentence which can be imposed for importation of a class C controlled drug is 8 years in prison.

If you have information about drug cultivation, manufacture, or supply rings please contact your local police station.

Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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