It’s P’ as in prison


Alert chemist puts cops on to drug hunters.

A Christchurch couple who allegedly came south to hunt for ingredients of the drug “P” have met their match.

Queenstown police say the 29-year-old male and 27-year-old female bought medication containing pseudoephedrine hydrochloride – used to make methamphetamines or “P” – three times from two local pharmacies last Friday.

But when the pair tried their luck at a third chemist’s shop, the owner tipped off police who caught up with them about 11pm, sergeant Kate Pirovano says.

The Cantabrians both face charges of using a false document and several charges in relation to possessing precursor substances for the manufacture of methamphetamines.

Police inquiries continue, Pirovano says.


A Frankton man has reported 10cu m of firewood stolen from his home.

The wood went missing between April 14-22 when the resident was away – a white truck and trailer was seen at his property, Fookes says.

A blue and red Milazo mountain bike – which had apparently been on a Fryer Street front lawn for two years – was taken at 1am on April 25.

A light-fingered soul nicked $1500-worth of builders’ tools from a Vancouver Drive worksite on Queenstown Hill last weekend.

A male Queenstown student, 19, has been done for stealing a cellphone left on the counter of the Night ‘n’ Day store in Camp Street at 1.20pm on April 22.

Drive-time news

A 21-year-old Kiwi male has been charged with stealing a Holden Monaro from its Arrowtown owners.

The car was reported missing at 9.20am on April 26 and found later in the Remarkables Park shopping centre carpark.

“[The car thief] was obviously known to the owners of the vehicle,” senior sergeant John Fookes says.

Boozy locals

A 17-year-old Queenstowner was put in the clanger to sober up at 11pm on April 23.

He was found “grossly intoxicated” outside Starbucks at the top of The Mall, Fookes says.

Another 17-year-old local youth also found “obviously quite drunk” on Beach St was taken in for detox at 9.55pm on April 25.

At 4.30am that same day, two 26-year-old Queenstown men – both affected by alcohol – were charged with disorderly behaviour in Church St.

A 20-year-old local man was done for disorderly behaviour at The World bar in the early hours of April 26.

At 11.56 that night, another local man was arrested for disorderly behaviour – this time on Shotover St – for pushing a member of the public.

“If you’re a betting [person], I’d put your money on grog,” Fookes says.

Weed charges

Police charged two local men, aged 35 and 28, with possessing cannabis for supply at noon on April 23 after
searching their Fernhill address.

A 26-year-old French tourist processed for drink-driving was also charged with possessing two grams of cannabis at 7.30am on April 26.

Crash, bang

Two vehicles collided at the roundabout on Camp and Shotover Sts at 6.30am on Monday this week.

No one was hurt but both vehicles were “extensively damaged and [had to be] towed”, Fookes says.

A 36-year-old male tourist put his rental car “on its roof” on the Kinloch Road beyond Glenorchy at 11.30am on April 20.

The man wasn’t hurt but got slapped with a charge of careless driving.