Stuff co.nz 15 December 2016
Police are increasingly targeting drug dealers in South Canterbury, even as a new gang tries to establish a foothold in the region.
Proceedings against drug offenders rose 55 per cent between the 2014/15 year and the 2015/16 year in the Mid-South Canterbury region, new figures released under the Official Information Act reveal.
The biggest increase was in proceedings against people dealing illicit drugs.
That rose from 15 to 54, an increase of 240 per cent.
Police attribute the increase to a crack down on drug dealers, rather than focussing on drug users.
Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Quested said drug dealers were “peddling misery to line their own pockets”.
“We are focussing our resources on those people that are dealing and selling drugs, more than the end user,” he said.
“It’s obviously having a good effect.”
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