Methamphetamine seizures in New Zealand have spiked in the first three months of this year compared to the previous two years, according to Official
Methamphetamine seizures in New Zealand have spiked in the first three months of this year compared to the previous two years, according to Official Information Act figures. The police seized 428 kilograms of powder/crystal and 1.3 liters of liquid meth across 331 incidents, surpassing the combined results of the past two years. The data also reveals a connection between the increased seizures and the death of Aidan Sagala, who mistakenly consumed a can of meth thinking it was beer. The rise in meth production is not limited to Asia, with Mexican cartels expanding their operations globally. The high prices of meth in New Zealand compared to the United States make it an attractive market for transnational crime groups. The article also highlights the role of New Zealand gangs in the meth trade. Efforts to combat the issue involve collaboration with international partners and improving intelligence sharing, as well as addressing meth production in source countries like Myanmar.
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