Three people have been arrested in New Plymouth today in what police say is an ongoing operation targeting methamphetamine dealers in Taranaki.
A 28-year-old woman, a 25-year-old man and a 38-year-old man, all from North Taranaki have been charged with conspiracy to supply methamphetamine, along with a number of other drug-related charges.
Police say they will oppose bail for all three, who are likely to appear in the New Plymouth District Court later today.
Two New Plymouth men, aged 42 and 45, are already in custody for other matters, and have also been charged with conspiracy to supply methamphetamine, police sya in a statement this afternoon.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Matuku says these arrests demonstrate police’s commitment to protecting the community from the serious harm caused by organised crime and methamphetamine.
“The physical and social carnage that methamphetamine causes to our communities is unacceptable and we are committed to lessening that harm and holding those responsible to account," he said.
Police are urging anyone affected by methamphetamine addiction to seek help through the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787797, or free text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor.
Police say anyone with information about the sale and supply of illegal substances in the community should contact their local police station, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.