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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 --- 3 119840 111380-V8 120277 Howick Village Jeweller Diamond and Gemstone Supplier Valuer ~ Manufacturer 116142-V6 About Worn out unwanted jewellery, remodelled into a blindingly fabulous new design. TO THIS Did you know Worn settings will invalidate your insurance? Arrange for your Winter jewellery clean. Receive a FREE claw and condition report. By Chris Harrowell POLICE allege a variety of illegal drugs found at a family’s home were hidden in a bedroom inside several lock boxes, including one disguised as a dictionary. Counties Manukau East Police’s tactical crime reduction unit made the discovery when executing a search warrant at a residential property in Botany on January 4. An unemployed man living at the Balla Place home was arrested by police and charged with posses- sion of cannabis, LSD and ecstasy, and drug utensils. The 29-year-old appeared in the Manukau District Court on Janu- ary 10 and was released on bail to reappear in court on January 31. Two other adults living at the property are not charged. Police constable Matt Grant says found at the man’s house was about three grams of cannabis and six ecstasy tabs. Discovered also were capsules of a substance that’s yet to be ana- lysed and 10 tabs of LSD. “We believe this guy has a meth- amphetamine addiction,” Mr Grant told the Times. One of the lock boxes found in the man’s bedroom was disguised as a large blue dictionary, allegedly containing a number of items used to consume illegal drugs. Found also at the house were a set of keys attached to a small tool used to crush tablets or rocks of methamphetamine, also known as P, into powder. Mr Grant says of all the illegal drugs sold in New Zealand, P is the worst. “The long-term health effects are extremely serious. “It’s robbed this person [in Balla Place] of his ability to work or do anything productive because of his habit.” Mr Grant says there are signs people can look for that a neigh- bourhood may contain a drug user or seller. “If people see a house with motor vehicles coming and going, especially in the middle of the night, it does raise suspicion,” he says. “Residents can keep a record of vehicle registration number plates, and dates and times they visited, as that sort of information is helpful to us.” There are also signs of drug use people can look for in their family members. “There may be changes in their personality or deterioration in their personal hygiene,” Mr Grant says. “A person’s home or bedroom can become a mess, as they don’t care about such things anymore. “They may become attached to their cellphone and receive text messages or personal visits at all hours of the day. “They could also have a lot of cash around and possess items of value such as TVs and iPads or iPhones, which they may be steal- ing to fund their drug habit.” Mr Grant says P use can have a range of nasty side effects. “When people are using drugs [such as P] they don’t sleep,” he says. “Methamphetamine makes the skin itchy, so they may scratch to the point of opening holes in their skin. That’s the body rotting away. “People using this drug also age very rapidly. “A person’s life expectancy is greatly reduced once they become a full-blown P addict. “P is a synthetic substance which is usually home-made using chem- icals that are extremely toxic.” To report illegal drug activity, phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261-1300, or Crimestop- pers on 0800-555-111. Charged over drug find Police allegedly found items used to consume illegal drugs hidden in lock boxes. Photos supplied Police say a tool on this key ring can be used to crush tablets into powder. Uncovered also were 10 tabs of LSD. Six tabs of ecstasy were found. Appalled at treatment F ➤ rompage1 Ms Schwaner says Mr Williams' attitude to members maintaining other employment is hypocritical, while he's employed by a large rm. "If Michael is genuinely concerned about the workload he's carrying, I suggest he might want to look rst at his own situation," she says. "While he chooses to target Adele for her long-standing role as a community constable, he has secondary employment in a senior private sector role. "Adele White has served the people with honour and dignity in all the years she has represented Howick. I'm truly appalled at the treatment she's getting from the chairman." Ms White says she's o ered on several occasions to take one or two of Mr Williams' portfolio responsibilities, but he's refused. Mr Williams says: "The question as to who should hold leadership positions on the board is a matter for members to determine and I will not be commenting publicly until a decision has been made". An online petition, launched by Jami-Lee Ross, MP for Botany and Ms Schwaner's husband, has attracted 750 entries in favour of retaining Ms White as deputy- chair. Ms White is "truly humbled" with the support. "I've found the many comments I've received to be very reassuring, with consensus that the way I'm being treated is clearly inappropriate," she says. "I've received considerable a rmation that I have been carrying out my role in the way our community expects. To those who organised the petition and who have taken the time to sign it, please accept my sincerest thanks." The petition is at www.tinyurl.com/HLB petition. n The special meeting is at 6pm next Monday at the Howick Local Board meeting room, Pakuranga Library complex, 7 Aylesbury Street.
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