Drugs

By MATTHEW MCKEW Security is being upped at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital because of the ‘‘huge’’ numbers showing up off their faces on drugs and booze. Papers released last week by Southern District Health Board reveal ‘‘security issues persist at Lakes...

Drugs warnings

By MATTHEW MCKEW Deadly bathsalts peddled as MDMA in Queenstown are putting young people in hospital as foreigners and others fund their time in the resort by drug dealing. Further, Queenstown’s top cop, detective senior sergeant Malcolm Inglis, says wastewater tests suggest...
WE have a problem. And no, it’s nothing to do with Covid-19, although it does appear that this particular problem has got worse this year. It is the carnage that goes on downtown in both Queenstown and Wanaka, in the wee...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Two Queenstown darts players threw themselves in to rescue a drugged-up visitor face-planted in urine in a public loo early last Sunday morning. Waiting by the resort’s Athol Street toilets for a ride home after a darts tourney,...
PART three of my thrilling trilogy, ‘the lead-up to the general election’, has me talking about death and drugs, of course. This is the discussion about the two referendums, or referenda (both are correct, I checked), that will be included in...
A German national who apparently funded his stay in Queenstown by selling drugs is now a guest of Her Majesty, having been sentenced to 26 months in the slammer. Sven Stephan Harrieder, 30, had previously admitted possession of cannabis for...

Drug warning

Just hours after bar owners, managers and security staff attended a 'drugs in bars' awareness seminar in Queenstown, a 28-year-old overdosed in a CBD hotspot. The man, understood to be a Queenstown local, started having seizures inside the Bungalow, on...
A former Queenstowner warns the resort's problems with drugs and alcohol are escalating on a par with the rest of New Zealand. "In Queenstown it's well and truly on the ground and it's only going to continue to grow, methamphetamine...
Testing of Queenstown's poos and wees has confirmed the popularity of party drug ecstasy in the resort. Results from the first three months of nationwide wastewater testing, from November to January, show the Class B-controlled (high risk) drug, also known...

Dutch drugs on the dark web

Police visited four Wakatipu homes after Dutch police tip-offs about ecstasy and acid sourced on the dark web. Three Queenstown properties and one in Arrowtown were among 83 addresses visited by officers across New Zealand in November. They were linked to...
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