Three arrested in Awhitu drug bust

Three people have been arrested and are due in court today, Wednesday 27 September, following a search warrant executed in a small rural township in south-west Auckland.
Members of the National Organised Crime Group investigating methamphetamine manufacture executed a search warrant on the Awhitu peninsula around midday yesterday, Tuesday 26 September.
Detective Sergeant Greg Holmes said attending staff uncovered an active commercial clandestine laboratory, and recovered more than 1.5 kilos of methamphetamine, along with further amounts still at various stages of the manufacturing process.
Police estimate the value of the methamphetamine seized was over $500,000.
Investigators and ESR chemists will spend today and tomorrow dismantling and evidentially processing the manufacturing operation.
A caravan and outbuilding were utilised to store extra chemicals, materials, and equipment for the main operation that took place inside the dwelling itself.
The risk of fire and explosion are always increased when illegal activity is being hidden, DS Greg Holmes said.
“A fire or explosion of a clan lab that size could have exposed those in the area to toxic fumes and smoke. It is satisfying to remove the risk from this quiet and otherwise safe community,” he said.
“The almost unlimited production potential for a manufacturing operation of this scale makes the result even more significant for us and our community.”
The three people arrested – one male aged 42, and two females aged 47 and 32, have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and were due in Manukau District Court today.
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