A methamphetamine supply chain has been stopped in the troubled eastern Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau, following a six-month investigation by police.
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Eastern Bay of Plenty Area Commander Inspector Kevin Taylor says across the Kawerau, Whakatane and Opotiki districts police executed 34 search warrants and seized residential property, cars and boats on Tuesday.
Twenty-six firearms and a haul of methamphetamine and cannabis were also seized, he says.
Speaking to Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch, Kawerau mayor Malcolm Campbell said the town does have an issue with drugs.
“It’s time to put a stake in the ground and get rid of drugs out of our communities, particularly meth,” Mr Campbell said.
And the impact drugs and alcohol are having on youth in the community is starting to take its toll.
In a recent interview, Mr Campbell described young kids walking around “fried”.
“This is what meth does to you,” he told RadioLIVE.
“That’s what we’re faced with every day,” he added. “And particularly young women are now being targeted and that is a concern.”
Mr Campbell says “out of control maniacs” were feeding crime in the township.
“They’ll steal anything to get money to buy meth.
“That’s where it starts to affect the whole community,” Mr Campbell said. “And then it affects families, and that’s the worst part.”
Listen to the full interview with Malcolm Campbell above.
The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.