Rotorua MP Todd McClay praises BOP District Police for drugs haul

Date published: July 23, 2012 at 7:09 am | Comments

Rotorua MP Todd McClay has praised the Bay of Plenty District Police for a six-month drug campaign that led to 178 arrests and the seizure of more than 27,000 cannabis plants.

“By targeting this illegal activity at the source, millions of dollars’ worth of harm has been prevented by getting these drugs and the offenders off our streets,” Mr McClay said.

Nationally, police seized and destroyed more than 130,000 cannabis plants, with a potential value of up to $130 million, and more than 280 kilograms of dried cannabis, with an estimated value of $5.6 million.

“I am delighted to see the hard work of our police pay off. These latest arrests are another positive step forward in creating safer communities for our children and families,” Mr McClay said.

“I particularly congratulate them in confiscating 26 firearms in the Bay Of Plenty which would have most likely been used to commit crimes. The public is safer for this excellent police work” Mr McClay said.

“This is all part of this Government’s plan to build a safer New Zealand. We’ve embarked on a comprehensive programme of reform to protect communities, prevent crime and put victims first.”

Source: Todd McClay