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Man charged over $36 million Rotorua methamphetamine bust


More than 60kgs of methamphetamine, worth $36 million, has been seized by police in Rotorua.

More than 60kg of methamphetamine with a street worth of about $36 million which was seized by police in Rotorua. Source: Supplied

A man has been charged following the bust last night in which a search warrant was carried out in Fairy Springs.

About 10pm, police located at least 20kgs of the drug.

Police say inquiries then led them to a storage shed in Ngongotaha, they allege is linked to the man, which is estimated to have contained a further 40 to 50kgs of methamphetamine.

A 42-year-old Rotorua man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply. He is due to appear in the Rotorua District Court today.

It comes less than a week after Auckland police apprehended two British nationals, one at Auckland Airport, who they say was trying to flee the country over a $144 million methamphetamine bust. 

Inspector Phil Taikato said last night's efforts go a long way to preventing methamphetamine-related harm in the Rotorua community.

"This is a significant amount of methamphetamine with a potential to cause serious harm to our local community," he said.

"There is no denying the detrimental impact methamphetamine has on people's lives. It has the ability to destroy families and lives, and the desire to obtain the drug is a driver of crime and harm within our community."

Mr Taikato also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of staff who were involved in the seizure, and their commitment to intercepting the supply of the drug.

Police inquiries are ongoing and anyone who has information on drug dealing is asked to contact police or provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.