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Hāwea man arrested for the supply of meth

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 12 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

A 31-year-old man from the Upper Clutha district was arrested, and guns and drugs recovered from a Lake Hawea property following a two-month investigation into the supply of methamphetamine in the Wānaka area.

A police spokesperson said the man appeared in the Invercargill District Court on Tuesday.

The man, who was granted interim name suppression, faced six charges, including possession and supply of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He also was charged with failing to assist a police search.

Judge Russell Walker remanded him on bail until his next appearance on December 14 at the Queenstown District Court.

Conditions included a curfew from 7 pm to 7 am, random drug testing when required by the court and an order not to consume any illicit drug.

The man also had to hand over his passport and could only leave the Wānaka area for court hearings or to meet his lawyer.

Judge Walker said his name suppression application would be reviewed at the next hearing.

The arrest happened the result of a Central Otago police operation targeting the supply of methamphetamine in the wider Wānaka area.

The man was arrested in Queenstown on Friday last week. The arrest was the culmination of a two-month-long investigation into the supply of illicit drugs in the area, the spokesperson said.

Police also carried out a search of a Lake Hāwea property where officers recovered methamphetamine, cannabis and three firearms.



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