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Two young men were arrested and cash and drugs, including ecstasy and cocaine, were seized in raids across Dunedin today.
Police and New Zealand Customs officials conducted multiple warrants as part of 'Operation Albany' which is targeting the importation of Class ‘A' and 'B' drugs by students.
Two 23 year-old males have been charged with importation offences and are due to appear in the Dunedin District Court tomorrow.
Police say they seized large quantities of cash as well as ecstasy, cocaine, LSD and prescription medication during the raids.
Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, of the Southern District Organised Crime Team, said police were ''disappointed that another group of students appear to be involved in the dark web and the importation of illegal drugs''.
"Those who are importing these drugs are not only risking their own lives, but the lives of others," Det Sen Sgt Inglis said.
"These types of drugs are illegal for a reason, and they can cause serious harm to those who end up using them."
Operations Manager Investigations, Roger Batten said Customs would work closely with police to prevent harmful substance reaching our communities.
"Students using the internet to import drugs should be warned that their actions are not anonymous and there are consequences which could affect their future careers and travel plans."