Kawerau Police yesterday made one arrest and recovered a significant quantity of methamphetamine as part of Operation Notus.

A search warrant was conducted at a local address in the ongoing effort to reduce the social harm caused by methamphetamine.

As a result, Police recovered more than 70 grams of methamphetamine, utensils, equipment, a firearm and $4000 cash.

“The methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $70,000 and we are pleased to be able to have removed such a large quantity with the potential to cause enormous misery and suffering throughout our community over the festive season,” Sergeant Al Fenwick says.

“It likewise provides us with great satisfaction to have removed an illegal firearm from circulation, which had the potential to be used for further offending in the community or against Police staff.”

A 35-year-old woman is due to appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow on charges relating to the supply of methamphetamine.

“Police, with the support of our partners and the Kawerau community, remain committed to a methamphetamine-free Kawerau,” Sergeant Fenwick says.

“We will continue to target those who profit while destroying families and lives, and urge all those struggling with addiction to take the opportunity to seek help by free texting or free calling 1737.”