New drug rap


Queenstown cops have laid a further 21 charges on five of the seven men allegedly involved in a major international drug ring.

And they’re eyeing up six other people based in Australia and Canada for possible overseas arrests during the next few days.

Detective sergeant Grahme Bartlett says the fresh charges relate to importing, conspiring to import and supply of ecstasy into New Zealand.

The sophisticated drug syndicate, busted last Wednesday, was driven from Queenstown – three of its main “principals” live in the resort.

A fourth, a British man living in Australia, was also in Queenstown at the time of the bust.

Drug mules and courier mail were used to import hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ecstasy from Canada into Queenstown – Bartlett believes it’s the biggest ecstasy importation and supply syndicate in the country.

The seven men have appeared or are due to appear in Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru and Invercargill District Courts.