Three people have been arrested after a P lab was found in the
Christchurch suburb of Casebrook - next to a children's playground. click here to read more
Child found in meth lab
Stuff, May 25, 2011
An 11-year-old girl has been referred to Child, Youth and Family after she was found at a meth lab during a bust in the Bay of Plenty this morning. Armed police stormed the Te Puke house with a search warrant, arresting two men on a series of drugs charges. A 35-year-old man was charged with the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine. click here to read more
Large amount of P-making material seized
NZ Herald, May 5, 2011
Almost 70kg of pre-cursor drugs that could be used to manufacture $20 million of P have been seized by police and customs officers. Three people have been arrested and 67.6 kilograms of pseudoephedrine based ContacNT capsules were seized in the combined Auckland police metro drug squad and New Zealand Customs operation this week. Detective Senior Sergeant Bruce Howard said the arrests and seizure followed a month-long operation codenamed 'Adrift'. click here to read more
P lab ran undetected for 7 years in Rotorua
NZ Herald, April 22, 2011
A commercial methamphetamine business in a suburban Rotorua street went undetected for seven years. The Ranginui St operation run by Glen Alexander Fleming was finally busted in a police raid last September, and the 32-year-old has now been jailed for eight years.
Neighbours had no idea what was happening at Fleming's home. The only thing they noticed was regular visits from courier. click here to read more
P lab discovered
NZ Herald, April 16, 2011
Invercargill police yesterday uncovered a P lab at Taramoa, 15km northwest of the southern city.
Detective Sergeant Mark McCloy said the property was searched yesterday and testing by Environmental and Scientific Research scientists today confirmed the property was being used to manufacture methamphetamine, also known as P. click here to read more
Mob member jailed for 15 years for making P
NZ Herald, April 7, 2011
Patched Mongrel Mob member Tommy Peters was sentenced in Manukau District Court today to 15 years in jail as the principal figure in a Manurewa-based methamphetamine manufacturing and supply ring. Counties-Manukau Organised Crime Unit arrested Peters and nine others, including fellow gang member William Tua, in December 2008. During the operation, police found and shut down three clandestine laboratories as well as finding precursor chemicals, over 70 grams of methamphetamine, a firearm, ammunition and approximately $26,000 in cash. One laboratory at a residential property was found to contain over 300 litres of highly toxic waste product discarded after the methamphetamine manufacturing process. click here to read more
P mum's case is a legal first
NZ Herald on Sunday, 3 April 2011, By Leigh Van-Der-Stoep
A P-smoking mother has been convicted of giving her young daughters methamphetamine through second-hand smoke inhalation, in what experts are calling a legal first. Child Youth and Family took the girls, aged 3 and 6, from their parents and put them in the care of family members. Experts say the conviction paves the way for police to use the serious charge against parents in future.
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Rental plan nightmare
Closeup TVNZ, March 29, 2011
Don't let your rental property become another P lab statistic
Man killed in P-lab explosion
NZ Herald, March 25, 2011
A man died in an explosion at a P-lab in a house south of Auckland yesterday evening. Emergency services were called to the property, on Mckinney Rd at Glenbrook, near Pukekohe, after reports of a blast shortly before 6pm. Neighbours said "everyone knows" the house was used to cook methamphetamine and it was not surprising that it blew up. click here to read more
Bailed P cook charged with trying to make meth while awaiting sentence
NZ Herald, March 14, 2011
A prolific P cook has been charged with trying to make methamphetamine while free on bail soon after admitting serious drugs charges. Christian Clifton, 48, was arrested and charged last week with possession of precursor materials and equipment and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. click here to read more
NZDDA Comment- It is dissapointing to see the judiciary still not supporting the police in there efforts to shutdown these meth cooks.
'Highly volatile' P-lab found near kindy
NZ Herald, March 9, 2011
A "highly volatile" P-lab has been discovered just 20 metres from a Northland childcare centre. The methamphetamine lab and cannabis operation was operating at a house over the fence from a Parakao childcare centre playground, about 40km west of Whangarei. click here to read more
Fogotten victims of drugs underworld
Stuff, February 16, 2011 - Andrea Vance
Children are the forgotten victims of New Zealand's drug misery, with record numbers being found in illicit drug dens raided by police. Police Minister Judith Collins is worried by reports from officers about rising numbers of young children growing up in clandestine P-labs and tinnie houses.
Last year more than 460 children were found in 37 per cent of all clan labs and 73 per cent of all drug-dealing houses identified by police. This is up from 26 per cent and 65 per cent in 2009. click here to read more
P house children have similar exposure to users
NZPA and TV3 News, February 15, 2011
Children who live in houses which contain 'P' labs have similar exposure levels to the drug as adult users, a Environmental Science and Research (ESR) study of hair samples shows.
The study used hair samples from 36 children, aged between two months and 16 years, who had lived in houses which contained a 'P' lab and compared the levels of methamphetamine found with adult users click here to read more
Increase in insurance claims for 'P lab' dwellings
TV3 News, February 13, 2011 - by Michael Morrah
P lab homes on region's hazard list
Manawatu Standard, January 24, 2011 - by Stace Kirk
Eight P labs are among the properties included on a list of contaminated sites around the region. There are 330 sites listed on Horizons Regional Council's database of Hazardous Activities and Industries List and contaminated sites, which is down on 2009's list of about 350.
The list, released to the Manawatu Standard under the Official Information Act, shows most sites are petrol stations, landfills and industries such as timber treatment mills and drycleaners, and are not considered health risks. But the eight drug labs fall either under a "contamination confirmed" classification, or "verified history of hazardous activity or industry". click here to read more
Was your home a P lab?
Sunday News, January 23, 2011 - by Steve Hpkins
MORE than a third of people who suspect their homes have been used to cook or smoke P have been proved correct. The New Zealand Drug Detection Agency has tested "in excess of several hundred" Kiwi homes for traces of drugs since 2008 and in 33% of cases test results have been positive. NZDDA spokesman Nick McLeay said more home buyers were using the agency's services and test results had proved they weren't simply being "paranoid". click here to read more
Man broke leg fleeing suspected P lab
New Zealand Herald, Friday December 3, 2010 - Photo Brett Phibbs
A man broke his leg trying to escape from police while the house he was in, a P lab, was engulfed in flames. A Fire Service spokesman said that the Pakuranga house was burning
fiercely when firefighters arrived on the scene around midday yesterday
but they refused to go inside because of the danger from P chemicals. click here to read more
P lab insurance claims increasing
NZPA, Thursday December 2, 2010
The number of insurance claims for property damaged by methamphetamine, or P, is increasing, the Insurance Council says. "Property losses from P labs are becoming more significant and insurers are becoming increasingly concerned about the extent of these losses," council spokesman Terry Jordan said. click here to read more
Drugs, guns found in police raids
New Zealand Herald, Friday November 12, 2010
Police seized $800,000 worth of methamphetamine and precursor materials and made nine arrests after raids on four Manukau properties this week. A number of firearms were also found during the raids. Police said they searched a Mill Road, Alfriston property on Tuesday and found chemicals being used to make methamphetamine, or 'P'. A 41-year-old man and 30-year-old woman who own the property were charged with possession of equipment for methamphetamine manufacturing and police said more charges were likely to follow. click here to read more
Kids living in P labs appal police
New Zealand Herald, Wednesday November 10, 2010
Police are appalled by the number of children who have been living in P labs this year, and fear it is only a matter of time that a child will die. Up to the end of September, 75 children have been found living amongst the toxic waste, explosive chemicals, and drug manufacturing detritus of clan labs this year. click here to read more
We're winning drug battle, says Key
New Zealand Herald, Tuesday November 9, 2010
The Government says increased hauls of methamphetamine and tens of millions of dollars of drug-related asset seizures this year show its co-ordinated attack on P is working. The second six-monthly progress report on the Tackling Methamphetamine campaign revealed that 25kg of the drug has been seized this year by police and Customs staff. Last year's haul was less than 20kg. The average price of P was $738 a gram in April. By last month it had fallen slightly to $723. click here to read more
Police urge public to help fight P.
Newstalk ZB, Tuesday November 9, 2010
Police are asking the public to come forward if they suspect a P-Lab in their neighbourhood. Police are urging the public to help them in the fight against methamphetamine. Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls says people should report suspicious behaviour that might indicate a P-Lab is operating, and there are some tell-tale signs to look for. Mr Nicholls says these include chemical smells coming from a house or building, exhaust fans running at odd times, people visiting at unusual times, and curtains drawn all day. Police have dismantled 115 clan labs in the year to October.
Unaware of P lab poisoning.
NZ Herald, Sunday Nov 7, 2010 - Photo Sarah Ivey
Thousands of Kiwis could be at risk of getting sick from methamphetamine manufacture in their own homes, without even knowing it. There could be up to 2000 P labs operating across New Zealand each year in rented houses and those that go on to be sold, experts say. And it appears many people have no idea that dangerous chemicals have been brewed in the homes they have bought or are renting.But some home owners, and sellers, are refusing to disclose if a P lab has been on the property, meaning prospective tenants and buyers could be living in homes that are dangerous to their health. click here to read more
If you are buying a home call NZDDA and we can come out and test if for meth residue for just $350+gst. Test first be safe for the health of your family.
Children Exposed to P.
NZ Herald, Sunday October 24, 2010
A P-smoking mum has been charged with giving methamphetamine to her two daughters aged 3 and 6 in what experts claim is a legal first. Adriene Johnson, 27, allegedly exposed her children to the highly addictive drug for at least 18 months. The police case is laid out in court documents released to the Herald on Sunday. click here to read more
Father jailed after girl, 12, tests positive for P.
NZ Herald, Saturday October 2, 2010
The father of a 12-year-old girl who tested positive for methamphetamine after living with him at a Napier house where P was made has been jailed. click here to read more
My dream home was a P-Lab
Bay of Plenty Times, Friday October 1, 2010
On the day she moved into her new home the former owner left flowers for her in a glass jug. Months later Lisa* saw that same jug in police photographs - not full of colourful blooms, but of chemicals used for making methamphetamine. The Western Bay woman said she had no idea her dream home had been used to house an elaborate clandestine methamphetamine lab. click here to read more
Have you had you home checked for P?
Bay of Plenty Times, Carly Udy, Friday October 1, 2010
Shifting house? Pack your bags, sort the moving company and book in to have your new home checked for P contamination. That's the advice of former police sergeant and general manager of The New Zealand Drug Detection Agency, Leigh Sefton, who says with P becoming more prevalent in society and methods of making it becoming more obscure, telltale signs aren't always visible to the naked eye.click here to read more
P labs in suburbia - TVNZ Close Up
Thursday 16 September 2010
Becoming an innocent victim of the methamphetamine epidemic is
much more common than most think, experts say, as more people find
themselves moving into contaminated former P labs. NZDDA offer a peace of mind testing for home buyers to prevent them from buying a house contaminated by P manufacture or use.
One in 5 under-30s have been offered P
NZ Herald Saturday Sep 4, 2010
About 20 per cent of young adults have been offered P and 5 per cent have tried it, according to a new survey on the drug. Campaigners say the results show the problem is far more widespread than previously thought. Click here to read more
By BRONWYN TORRIE - Manawatu Standard - Last updated 13:00 13/08/2010
A Palmerston North solo mother who unwittingly moved into a house contaminated by methamphetamine is outraged plans to protect people from falling into a similar trap have been dropped by the Government. (click here to read more ...........)
Drug detection expert warns renters
Published 1:55PM Monday July 26, 2010 Source: ONE News
People looking to rent houses should add another item to their checklist on whether it's a good place in which to live.
Dozens of clandestine methamphetamine (P) laboratories are
undiscovered in residential streets around New Zealand as meth cooks use
increasingly sophisticated methods to avoid detection.
Drug experts warn the makeshift labs are ticking time bombs that
pose a risk to their occupants and to those who live unsuspectingly
alongside them. (click to read more.......)
Detecting P Labs - TVNZ Breakfast Show 26 July 2010
Family left ill from former P lab - TV3 News 2 April 2009
An Auckland family is looking for a new home,
after discovering the house they have been living in is contaminated
with the chemicals used to cook-up methamphetamine.
Battle against P! Will some cold and flu meds be banned? - Sunrise 19 August 2009
The battle against P has moved to the Prime Minister's office.
John Key's chief science adviser has delivered a report on
precursors, the chemicals used to make methamphetamine or P, which he's
going to release, along with some other proposals in the near future.
But already one of the options - to ban over the counter sales of
pseudoephedrine based cold and flu medications - has drawn opposition.
Tim Roper of the NZ Self Medication Industry explains why to Sunrise’s Oliver Driver.
Former cop offers meth-house check service - Campbell Live
Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:00a.m.
Methamphetamine labs, where toxic chemicals are cooked up to make illegal drugs, are found in every suburb - both rich and poor.
Former Detective Sergeant Nick McLeay knows more than most about
their dangers. Just a couple of months ago he was in charge of
Auckland's Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, investigating the manufacture
and supply of meth.