Trio arrested for drug-related offending in Huntly

Update: 12:41PM WAIKATO: THREE people have been arrested after Police carried out two search warrants at an address in Huntly West and a rural Huntly property early this morning.

At the rural Huntly property, New Zealand Police located evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine, class A and class C drugs, and a number of firearms.

Waikato West Area Commander Inspector Andrew Mortimore said the occupants – a 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman – were arrested.

Insp Mortimore said the man had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of equipment to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of material to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursor substances to manufacture methamphetamine and breach of bail.

He said the woman had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession equipment to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of material to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of precursor substances to manufacture methamphetamine.

He added the three would appear in court in Hamilton later today or tomorrow.

“Police are continuing to carry out a scene examination at the address and at the conclusion of this, more charges may be laid,” Insp Mortimore said.

“At the Huntly West address, Police located evidence that cannabis was being grown at the property.

“The occupant, a 54-year-old man has been charged with cultivating cannabis, possession of equipment to cultivate cannabis and possession of class C utensils.”

He said the man had been bailed to appear in court at a later date.

“We are confident today’s arrests will help to stem the supply of drugs to people in Waikato West communities,” Insp Mortimore said.

“Police are committed to preventing further harm and anti-social behaviours by holding people involved in the manufacture and supply of drugs to account.

“Drugs have no place in our community, they destroy the lives of the users, as well as harming their whanau, friends and wider circles.

“We encourage anyone with information on the manufacture and supply of illicit drugs to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”