methamphetamine

Stupid is as stupid does

Tweakers are going to tweak, and if you try to rip them then they are going to get violent…it’s just what they do.

A Christchurch woman held a Taser to a drug dealer’s face because she was sold rock salt instead of meth.

In the Christchurch District Court, Ursula Addie Case, 33, was convicted on a charge of assault with intent to rob, and was remanded on bail to appear for sentencing in Nelson District Court on May 24.

The judge-alone trial before Judge Bernadette Farnan heard that on December 4, 2015, Case contacted the victim and asked her to deliver some methamphetamine to an address in Armagh St, Christchurch.

The victim turned up at the house and was detained by three people, while her boyfriend was told to go and get the $300 they had paid the previous week for methamphetamine, which turned out to be rock salt.

He drove away from the address and called police.

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I have a better idea: mandatory 12 months in jail or give up your P supplier

Methamphetamine is a scourge, there should be no soft, namby-pamby treatment for meth dealers.

Prime Minister John Key won’t be drawn on whether he supports a move by police to stop prosecuting some small-time P dealers.

Officers in the Waitemata policing district are no longer prosecuting some low-level dealers of pure methamphetamine, or P – such as those who sell to a neighbour.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Detective Senior Sergeant Stan Brown said arresting low level offenders did not work by itself and it could be better in some cases to refer people for rehabilitation.

Key has led the Government’s “War on P”, which has involved a range of measures to target drug manufacturers, gangs and addicts.

He knew little about Waitemata Police’s approach, so he did not want “to overly critique it”.

But he said the Government had generally tried to emphasise prosecution of P dealers rather than those who used them.

“We prosecute both, obviously,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference. But most of the Government’s energy went into cutting off the source of the drug.

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Proceeds of crime funding War on Drugs

I don’t have a problem with this.

Prime Minister John Key announced on Monday that $15 million seized from criminals will be invested in anti-drug initiatives.

The initiative will include more funding for police and Customs, and an increased focus on treatment for drug abusers.

This year’s funding is the highest ever to be allocated under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act, and it will be used to clamp down on illegal activity and to combat “the scourge of methamphetamine and other drugs”.

Mr Key says a total of $8.7 million would be invested to help hardcore users to kick drug habits, by investing in health-related initiatives including treatment facilities and funding “more innovative ways for police to work with health services to reduce demand”.   Read more »

Barry Soper on his time as a gang member

Who knew Barry Soper was born to be wild?

There are some things you do in your career that you’d rather not have done. Mine was infiltrating a southern motorcycle gang more than 40 years ago and riding to the Alexandra Blossom Festival which you’d think would be a most unlikely place for gangs to assemble, but that they did from all over the country.

The gangs had complained they’d the previous year been roughed up by the police who weren’t wearing their identification numbers, which of course they’re required to do by law.

Riding through the countryside with around a hundred thundering bikes certainly gave you a feeling of power, but that feeling turned to disgust at what they got up to when several hundred of them set up camp at an area on the outskirts of the Central Otago town called The Pines.

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123rd conviction? Seriously? How about protective custody under the Mental Health Act?

When someone racks up their 123rd conviction you know there is no helping them.

A “prolific” repeat offender has notched up his 123rd conviction.

Karl Stephen Baars’ criminal history includes 90 convictions for burglary, violence and theft and 31 convictions in the youth court.

The 27-year-old was sentenced on Monday for shoplifting from The Warehouse in Blenheim and breaching intensive supervision.

Baars, a recovering meth addict, was sentenced to community detention at a rehab centre, as Judge Richard Russell said this was his best chance of escaping the cycle of re-offending.

He can’t escape the cycle, he is the cycle.

Baars was required to wear an electronically-monitored bracelet to make sure he completed the full 10-week course at the St Marks Residential Addiction Treatment Centre in Blenheim.

His sentencing was put off until a room became available.

He had been in custody since he was caught shoplifting on February 11.

His lawyer Rob Harrison said Baars had worked extremely hard to get clean over the past few months.

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It seems we are on the way to take out the OECD prize for meth heads

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There are concerns New Zealand’s facing a methamphetamine epidemic, with claims it’s becoming cheaper than alcohol.

Rosemary Reece-Morgan is 17 years sober but she still calls herself a recovering drug addict. She now runs The Retreat treatment clinic in south Auckland.

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Whaleoil urban survival training: how to spot a P house

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As more and more Kiwi owners pay the price of former residents’ meth use, one of New Zealand’s biggest drug testing companies has revealed some of the biggest tell-tale signs to alert prospective house buyers to a property’s nefarious past, or residents if a P lab was operating in their area.

Kirk Hardy, chief executive of the Drug Detection Agency, said there were several “property and people indicators”, including: Read more »

Feral ratbags contaminating state houses with meth

Feral ratbags have contaminated brand new state housing with methamphetamine.

Nearly a quarter of homes built for a brand new state housing development in Christchurch have already been contaminated with P less than a year later.

In most cases, the tenants were single mums with small children, including four toddlers under two.

That’s just child abuse.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said she found the figures “shockingly high” and the age at which some children were being exposed to P, or meth, was an “extreme concern”.

“Four of them are two years or younger, so wee babies. It’s at a time when they are most susceptible to their environment and they need the healthiest environment they can possibly get. There are some quite serious health effects [from P] with skin and respiratory conditions. And equally you have to question if its a healthy and safe environment. ”

The new housing development only went up in June last year. Of 19 houses built, two tenants have since been evicted after tests returned positive for P and two more evictions are underway.   Read more »

More government action needed on outlaw gangs

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THE GOVERNMENT is facing renewed calls to take on outlaw gangs as a first step in making a dent in the burgeoning billion-dollar methamphetamine trade.

National’s multi-agency approach involving intelligence gathering, enhanced law enforcement, prevention and intervention has done little to stem the tide of methamphetamine in New Zealand’s largest city.

According to criminologist Greg Newbold, much of that trade is controlled by the gangs, which have organised networks in place for production and distribution of the drug.

And the Sensible Sentencing Trust says that won’t change until the Government steps in and smashes the gangs.

It is calling for gangs and all gang paraphernalia to be outlawed – a move, it claims, that is long overdue.

Spokesman Scott Guthrie says gang members are nothing more than “murdering rapists” who indulge in the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs to children and the wider community.

They did so using extortion and “everyday run-of-the-mill crime and thuggery”.   Read more »

Drug smugglers get mixed results from Court of Appeal

A DRUG smuggling case involving two Auckland women has provided a rare glimpse into some of the methods police and Customs employ to catch drug traffickers – and how those methods have the potential to be challenged in court.

In 2014 Sandra Wallace was sentenced to seven years behind bars on importation and possession of methamphetamine for supply charges. Wallace’s co-accused Vana Lee Downs was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to a single count of possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Wallace appealed both her conviction and sentence while Downs’ appealed just the length of her sentence.

The charges related to the interception by Customs back in March 2011 of a package from Thailand containing 197 grams of methamphetamine with a purity of 80 per cent.

The Court of Appeal has now released details of how police and Customs caught both Wallace and Downs after first intercepting the package from Thailand.

After Customs intercepted the item and confirmed it contained methamphetamine, their next move was to replace the 197 grams with five grams of methamphetamine and 192 grams of an inert white powder to give the appearance the package hadn’t been tampered with.

A few days after the item arrived a woman identifying herself as ‘Mary Kingi’ contacted the courier company to inquire about the package. She provided a track and trace number and asked for the item to be delivered to an Auckland address. The woman gave NZ Post a mobile number, which checks later confirmed did not exist.   Read more »