Two arrested on meth supply charges

Southern Police have arrested two North Island men who are allegedly key players in the supply and distribution of methamphetamine into Southland.

Crime squads organised by Invercargill and Southern District police executed two warrants, one in Hamilton and the other in Auckland.

They arrested a 46-year-old Hamilton man who had previously lived in Invercargill and a 43-year-old man living in Auckland.

The pair will appear in the Auckland and Hamilton courts today on methamphetamine supply charges.

While executing the warrants, police also seized equipment believed to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, along with some methamphetamine, some cannabis, and $4000 in cash.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, of the Southern District Organised Crime Squad, said police believed the pair's activities have resulted in methamphetamine with a street value of between $150,000 and $200,000 being sold in Invercargill.

Operation Queen, which has been running four months, is the third major operation Southern District Police have undertaken to target methamphetamine supply and distribution in the past two years.