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Huge meth bust in Gisborne 3 hours ago

by April 13, 2016 General

UPDATED 2.20PM A huge meth bust in Gisborne has resulted in more than 40 arrests and nearly $4 million worth of property seized.

The police operation took place last week and saw nearly 40 properties searched in Gisborne, as well as one in Rotorua following an eight-month investigation.

The arrested people are collectively facing 245 charges, and include patched gang members from both Black Power and the Mongrel Mob.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford said a major concern was the presence of children living at several of the properties targeted in the operation.

“This is a serious problem not just for police, but for the local community as a whole.  These children were of various ages and had been living in houses where the drug was being used and dealt.

“The community needs to take responsibility for keeping our children safe and part of that means not exposing them to dangerous drugs and the ensuing criminal activity,” said Mr Ford .

Mr Ford said there had been instances in the past where children had tested positive for methamphetamine while living in the same house as users and dealers.

“This is an appalling situation and we ask the community to make a stand against this insidious drug and the effects it is having on their lives.  We can’t do it alone,” he said.

A number of children have been referred to Child Youth and Family following the raids.

Four Singapore nationals were also charged with importing 700 grams of methamphetamine which police say was destined for the Gisborne and East Coast markets.