Stuff co.nz 20 September 2019
Family First Comment: The organised crime world is aware of the demand and is upping efforts to get the drug into the country.
The methamphetamine market in New Zealand is as lucrative as it is destructive.
Waste water testing suggests that every week New Zealanders consume 16 kilograms of the drug, costing them nearly $10 million, or $1.4m a day.
It’s estimated methamphetamine use costs the country $20 million in social harm.
Its use is rampant.
The organised crime world is aware of the demand and is upping efforts to get the drug into the country.
This year has been the biggest ever for meth seizures, with a whopping 1463 kilograms either stopped at the border or seized during police raids.
Among that are some huge hauls; just under 500kg of the drug was found in a shipment of electric motors from Thailand this month. Last month, 200kg was found in the closet of an Auckland apartment – and earlier in the year, Customs caught two Australians carrying 100 kilograms between them.
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