Police searching a vehicle in Napier allegedly found a container of methamphetamine hidden under a woman's 2-year-old daughter.

Hawke's Bay police said on Thursday they were "appalled" to find the container of methamphetamine under the girl who was sitting in a car seat in the front of the car.

The discovery was made on Wednesday when the woman's vehicle was stopped and searched as part of a drug-dealing operation at a house in Napier South.

Police allege the woman had just done a drug deal at the house, which is across the road from a school.


During the search of the woman's car police found a cut-down rifle with ammunition, 100 tabs of LSD, three grams of meth, $2500 cash and a large "tick list" containing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of drug dealing information.

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At the house, they found approximately $50,000 cash along with a large number of point bags, meth pipes, bongs, cannabis and two sets of electronic scales.

A 30-year-old Palmerston North woman has been charged with possessing methamphetamine for supply, possessing LSD for supply and unlawfully possessing firearms.

The woman appeared before a Justice of the Peace in the Hastings District Court on Thursday.

She has interim name suppression and was remanded in custody until October 30.

A 51-year-old Napier woman has also been charged with possessing methamphetamine in relation to the incident and was due to appear in court.

Head of the Eastern District Organised Crime Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange said police were becoming more and more concerned with the presence of children at drug-dealing houses and related activities.


"This is a major problem that police are having to deal with on a regular basis. These people obviously have no concerns for the safety or welfare of their children. They are exposing them to potential harm with very dangerous drugs and firearms. We will be working with social agencies to make sure this child is kept safe," de Lange said.