7 Dec 2017

Cocaine bust: Three arrested in Wellington

12:00 pm on 7 December 2017

Police have arrested three foreign nationals after seizing 1kg of cocaine in a police raid in Wellington.


Cocaine Photo: SUPPLIED

Police from the National Organised Crime Group yesterday concluded an operation targeting the supply of cocaine in the region.

Two Colombian nationals aged in their 20s and 30s and a Malaysian man in his 50s were found to be in possession of approximately 1kg of cocaine when they were arrested in Lower Hutt.

They are facing a range of charges including supplying cocaine and possession of cocaine for supply and will appear in Wellington District Court today.

Other raids netted a further 350 grams of cocaine.

Detective Inspector Stu Graham said yesterday's seizures and arrests are a great result.

"This is an example of Police's commitment to disrupt these transnational organised crime groups who are attempting to profit from a drug that would cause significant harm in our communities.

"Police will continue to work with our international partners and Customs to actively target those people who choose to bring harmful drugs into New Zealand, so we can seize it before it gets into our community."