Two armed men allegedly held up an R18 store and stole
synthetic drugs - just minutes before the products were
deemed officially illegal.
Police say two men - aged 30 and 18 - were carrying knives
when they entered the Stanmore Road store in the Linwood area
of Christchurch around 11.20 last night.
An emergency law change made it illegal to buy, sell or
possess the products from 12.01am.
They allegedly punched the store owner and made off with a
quantity of cash and synthetic drugs. The shop owner's
injuries were not serious.
Police were called and a vehicle was stopped nearby. The two
occupants of the vehicle were arrested. A third offender is
still being sought by police.
A 30-year old man and an 18-year old man, both from
Christchurch, will appear in court this morning on charges of
Police inquiries are continuing and they're appealing to
anyone with information on the incident to phone them on 03
363 7400. Information can also be provided anonymously to
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.