Two more Queenstown men have been charged in relation to last week’s major local drug raid.
Drug supply-accused Richard David Allen
Tattooist Adam Paul Bamford, 31, has been charged with possessing a cannabis bong, cannabis and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine on April 12.
Hayden Mark Smith, 31, has been charged with possessing cannabis and ecstacy on April 12.
Both appeared before a registrar at Queenstown District Court this morning (Monday) and were remanded on bail to reappear next Monday.
Last Friday, tattooist Richard David Allen, 31, appeared before Justice of the Peace Joy McDonald in Queenstown District Court after his arrest at Queenstown Airport the day before.
Allen faces seven charges of possession of methamphetamine for supply between January and April this year. He’s also been charged with supplying an unknown person methamphetamine on April 1 and conspiring with two men to supply methamphetamine between January 3 and April 12 this year.
He’s been remanded in Invercargill Prison to appear in Invercargill District Court next Monday.
The trio were all arrested after a series of drug search warrants in Queenstown last Thursday, which occurred in conjunction with a drug bust in west Auckland.
Allen was stopped at Queenstown Airport bringing a “substantial” quantity of methamphetamine to the resort from Auckland, Southern District Organised Crime Group detective senior sergeant Malcolm Inglis says.
“Police believe that this methamphetamine was destined to be sold on the streets of Queenstown.
“This operation has targeted the supply of this drug into the Lakes District area.”
As a result of the searches in Queenstown and Auckland, methamphetamine, ecstacy, cannabis and firearms were seized and five people have been arrested.
An illegal P-lab was also discovered in Auckland. Auckland police are still searching for the person responsible for the lab.
Methamphetamine supply-accused in custody
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