The 104g of ecstasy (MDMA) in crystalline form. Photo by NZ
A ''commercial enterprise'' of party drugs sourced over
the internet and destined for the Dunedin market has been
seized, police say.
Two search warrants were executed in Dunedin yesterday, with
police and Customs NZ officers locating thousands of dollars
worth of ecstasy and LSD.
A 21-year-old Dunedin polytechnic student was arrested and is
to appear in the Dunedin District Court today on charges of
importing class A and B controlled drugs, as well as
associated drug-related charges.
Detective Hamish Barrons, of the Southern district organised
crime squad, said the man sourced the drugs from Germany and
the United Kingdom via the internet.
The street value of the LSD was between $3000 and $7000 and
the MDMA (ecstasy) had a street value of $50,000, he said.
The seized ecstasy was in crystalline form, worth about $450
per gram, he said.
However, it was likely it would have been cut down with other
products ''that may not have been good for you'', with the
powder sold in capsule form for the Dunedin market.
''All we can say is that it was a commercial enterprise.''
The initial interception happened at the Auckland Mail Centre
and a PO Box was then monitored at an undisclosed location,
Det Barrons sounded a warning for those wanting to make fast
money out of bringing in illegal drugs.
''Any Tom, Dick and Harry can end up working off a computer
and attempt to bring that stuff across the border.
''There is huge risk for people trying to do it. If they get
caught, they often don't realise the consequences will be
quite serious for them.''
Last month, the Otago Daily Times carried reports of
students being hospitalised after, according to police,
taking ''bad drugs''.
Those drugs, believed to be MDMA, prompted the Otago
University Students' Association to remind people ''partying
slightly outside of the law'' to be responsible and look
after their friends.
Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said when people
bought ''ecstasy'' in New Zealand, it often contained no
With the black market, ''you would never know what you were
buying off the street''.
The National Poisons Centre had recorded 94 cases involving
ecstasy, including in Dunedin, over the past five years.
Toxicologist Dr Leo Schep said a particular concern for
ecstasy users was that the drug often contained some other