New Zealand is facing a "second wave" of a dangerous methamphetamine problem as the illicit drug becomes cheaper and more readily available.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said despite several big drug busts in recent months, anecdotal evidence from front line officers suggested the country now had a greater problem with the drug than ever before.
"I've done a tour throughout the country speaking to police officers from North Cape to Bluff and to sum it up, it's all about P.
"Methamphetamine is, in many places, easier to get hold of than cannabis. Police officers' informants are telling them that they go around trying to score cannabis and they can't get it - but people are offering them P.''
Police announced yesterday they had seized $17 million worth of the drug following a seven-month investigation. And in June almost $500 million worth of meth was discovered in Kaitaia - the biggest P haul in New Zealand history.
But O'Connor said despite such significant stings, they seemingly had no impact on the price - or availability - of the drug.
" We've got a major issue,'' he said.
"We're having a second wave now.''
"The first wave was at the end of the 90s. It sort of caught New Zealand by surprise - the policies were way behind.
"The legacy of the first wave was well entrenched organised crime. And now, that organised crime has created this new market.''
O'Connor's comments follow yesterday's $17 million meth haul seized following a joint investigation by Counties Manukau Police and Customs.
A total of 17kg of meth was found after a seven-month investigation into the alleged importing of methamphetamine by a member of the Thailand Chapter of a motorcycle gang known as Bandidos.
As well as the drug haul, about $150,000 worth of jewellery and $200,000 of cash was also seized.
Three men aged 28, 31 and 54, appeared in the Manukau District Court in relation to the bust.
Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander, of the Counties Manukau organised crime unit, said the seizure and work carried out sent a message that officers were working hard to disrupt the supply chain of the illicit drug.
"Methamphetamine is a significant driver of crime in New Zealand. It ruins lives, destroys families and does enormous damage to our communities,'' Alexander said.
Customs manager investigations, Maurice O'Brien, said: "This operation is another example of how working in partnership can achieve positive results for both agencies and also for the public by keeping this awful drug off our streets."
The Ministry of Health's New Zealand Drug Harm Index 2016 reported amphetamines - which include P - had the third highest number of dependent users -1400 (4.7 per cent) of 29,900 drug users around the country.
They had the fourth highest number of casual users - 24,300 (6.7 per cent of all drug users) of 358,100 .
Dr Christopher Wilkins, Massey University senior researcher of illegal drugs, said a gram of methamphetamine now cost about $650. In previous years, the same amount cost about $850.