Police seized four vehicles, including a Harley-Davidson MC and approximately $80,000 in cash during Operation Poapoa this week. Photo/New Zealand Police
Six men have been charged with possessing, supplying or importing various party drugs including ecstasy, ketamine, methamphetamine and mephedrone – known as ‘meow meow’ – after a long secret police operation.
Mephedrone, also known as White Magic or M-Cat, is a stimulant chemically similar to amphetamines and produces effects like ecstasy, cocaine, and amphetamines.
The six defendants were arrested by Waikato police yesterday after an operation which began late last year.
Eight search warrants have been executed in Hamilton and Auckland, including business premises, Waikato Police Detective Inspector Daryl Smith said.
“As a result, six men between the ages of 28 and 33 were arrested and all appeared in Hamilton District Court on Friday on a range of charges including participating in organized crime and selling and supplying class drugs. HAS.
“Police seized four vehicles, including a Harley-Davidson MC and approximately $80,000 in cash.”
Alex Noel Hustler, 28, of Taupiri, faces five charges: participation in an organized criminal group between December 21 and 22, 2021; importation of ecstasy, a class B drug, into New Zealand on November 15 and December 13, 2021 in Hamilton; the importation of ketamine, a Class C drug, into New Zealand at Hamilton on December 13, 2021; and failing to assist in a search by police in Hamilton on June 9.
Hustler was taken into custody by Judge Simon Menzies at Hamilton District Court today to reappear later this month.
Boxsey Pouaka Ngataki, 39, of Hamilton, also faces five counts, including participating in an organized criminal group and failing to assist in a search.
He is jointly charged with a 28-year-old former Hamilton man and Samuel Andrews, of Māngere, Auckland, of supplying ecstasy, ketamine and mephedrone on May 31 in Hamilton.
The 28-year-old, who has also been remanded in custody, faces a total of 17 charges, including supplying P, ecstasy, ketamine and mephedrone to Hamilton between the 23rd and the May 31st.
He is jointly accused with Andrews of supplying P, ecstasy and ketamine. The couple are also jointly charged with possession of ketamine for supply in Hamilton on June 9 and possession of P for supply on June 8.
Andrews, 33, who faces 11 charges, was also remanded in custody.
Jacob Gilchrist, 30, of Hamilton, faces four charges; participation in an organized criminal group, supply of ketamine and MDMA in Hamilton between April 1, 2022 and June 9, 2022 and possession of MDMA on June 9.
Gilchrist was released on bail without a plea to reappear with his co-defendant on June 30.
Smith said Waikato Police continue to investigate, target and dismantle groups involved in importing, selling and supplying illegal drugs within the community.
Police welcome information from anyone concerned about organized crime or the supply of illicit drugs in their community.
* The operation was separate from Operation Bali, in which Customs worked with police to arrest 10 people in connection with the alleged importation, sale and supply of cocaine and methamphetamine.
They all appeared in Wellington District Court on Thursday.