Opium poppies, cocaine seized in raids

Drug raids in the Wanaka area on Monday netted a haul that included dozens of opium poppies, MDMA, LSD and cocaine.

While executing three search warrants, police discovered the drugs, including more than 80 poppy plants used for extracting opium, at one address. 

They also found an indoor cannabis grow with 20 plants, and a quantity of dried cannabis head and plant material.

A 44-year-old man was arrested and appeared in the Queenstown District Court yesterday on several charges including possession of methamphetamine.

Police said they would continue to target the supply of drugs in the area.


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