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here is a slection of qoutes and some info from organised & financial crime agency new zealand web site for you to ponder.
A New Zealand Adult or Youth Gang is an organisation, association or group with the following characteristics: a common name; one or more common identifiers; and whose members or associates either individually or collectively promote, encourage or engage in criminal activity that is driven by a desire for profit and/or to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, all of which are enabled by virtue of membership in the gang.
New Zealand Police
Organised Crime in New Zealand - Global threat, local impact.
23 September, 2010 - 11:14
The Organised & Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) has today released the 2010 Organised Crime Assessment for New Zealand.
The Organised Crime Assessment, prepared by the New Zealand Police National Intelligence Centre (NIC), combines information and intelligence from a range of Government agencies involved in combating organised crime. It is the first time the annual assessment has been publicly released.
OFCANZ director, Malcolm Burgess says the multi-agency assessment is being made public to help people understand what organised crime in New Zealand looks like.
A new report from police paints a grim picture of the New Zealand drug scene with more young people using opiate drugs, world-leading rates of methamphetamine use, and an entrenched and "self-sufficient" cannabis culture.
The 2010 Organised Crime Assessment for New Zealand report, released today, outlines trends in organised crime and the drug trade including that:
- Hospital admissions indicate an increasing number of younger individuals are using opioids;
- It is possible that organised crime groups will seek to expand the cocaine market in New Zealand;
- There has been an increase in indoor cannabis operations linked to Vietnamese organised crime groups;
- Oceania is recognised internationally as having one of the highest amphetamine-type substance user rates per capita in the world;
- The New Zealand methamphetamine market is estimated to be worth approximately NZ$1.2 billion per year at street level prices.
The report, prepared by the New Zealand Police National Intelligence Centre (NIC), is the first time the annual assessment has been publicly released.
By BLAIR ENSOR - The Marlborough Express
Last updated 12:34 22/09/2010
Police believe a drug and alcohol counsellor in Kaikoura has resigned from his job after they found cannabis, bongs, knives and pipes at his home during a drug raid.
Constable Dean Schroder said Henry Luafutu, 52, and his 42-year-old wife had been jointly charged with allowing premises to be used for the consumption of cannabis.
The charges were laid after police raided the couple's Ramsgate St home in Kaikoura on September 9.
The 42-year-old woman was also charged with possession of drug utensils, Mr Schroder said.
Luafutu worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor at Te Tai O Marokura Health and Social Services on Torquay St. Police believed Luafutu had resigned from that job the afternoon of the raid.
The couple are scheduled to appear in the Kaikoura District Court on October 22.
When contacted by The Marlborough Express, Te Tai O Marokura Health and Social Services manager Riria Allen would not confirm whether Mr Luafutu still worked for the company and declined further comment.
Luafutu could not be contacted for comment.
Tue, 21 Sep 2010
A sudden change in the wind is being blamed for cannabis smoke wafting across the grounds of a Picton primary school.
St Joseph's School principal Peter Knowles noticed smoke coming from the Picton police station on Friday morning while the children were in class.
He and a member of the school board went to the station about 200 metres away and police put the fire out immediately, he said.
The incident was "very unusual and out of the blue" and he did not know whether the smoke smelled of cannabis, he said.
Senior Sergeant Peter Payne, of Picton, said shredded paper and a small amount of cannabis were being burned in the incinerator at the station when the direction of the wind changed unexpectedly.
When the fire was lit the smoke was blowing in a direction where there were no houses or people; the amount of paper burned was significantly more than the amount of cannabis, he said.
A concerned parent who called The Marlborough Express had never heard of police burning cannabis and was worried about children at the school.
Sergeant Payne said the incinerator at the station was quite small and large amounts of cannabis were usually burned in a commercial furnace.
"A big gust just came and took it [the smoke] in a different direction. It can't be helped, it's just an act of nature," he said.
License cannabis sales, expert says
By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News
Suppliers could be licensed to distribute branded products, Prof Pertwee argues
Policymakers should consider allowing the licensed sale of cannabis for recreational use, says one of the UK's leading researchers of the drug.
Professor Roger Pertwee is to make the call in a speech at the British Science Association festival in Birmingham.
He is expected to say that radical solutions have to be considered because he believes the current policy of criminalising cannabis is ineffective.
"I'm talking about harm minimisation," he told BBC News.
The dismissal last year of Professor David Nutt as the previous government's leading drugs adviser showed it was in no mood to consider relaxing the status of cannabis as an illegal class B drug.
It is a view shared by the current government, but Prof Pertwee, an expert on cannabis-like chemicals, is to tell scientists that he, like Professor Nutt, believes it is a policy that is doing more harm than good.
"Ideally, recreational cannabis would be banned but that's not going to happen"
Quote Professor Roger Pertwee Aberdeen University
Departing Taranaki judge Rob Murfitt is a man on a mission.
He's seen the sad, steady stream of offenders through his courts and the human toll of waste and misery in Taranaki Base Hospital's mental health unit and he has made a connection – cannabis.
Now he is doing something about it before he leaves to take up a new role in Christchurch in October.
The region's Youth Court judge has brought together sponsors, youth workers and Kiwi music stars to produce a film documenting the dangers of the drug.
And his vision will be realised when the 47-minute film premieres next week.
Three Palmerston North men were arrested this morning and face a variety of charges after a four-month police and customs operation targeting the production and distribution of illegal drugs.
Police searched four houses in Palmerston North and arrested the men, aged 26, 20 and 19, at three of the addresses.
High times in Gore get up local noses
By SONIA GERKEN - The Southland Times
A recently released Whanganui prisoner has been foiled in an alleged attempt to throw two cannabis-filled tennis balls into the prison unit he was released from in May.
After receiving a tipoff, police were waiting outside Whanganui Prison last Thursday when the former prisoner was dropped off by a car about 9.30am.
Police stopped the car's driver and recovered two tennis balls containing about 65 grams of cannabis with a value of more than $3000.
Both men were arrested and charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
They would appear in court next week