June 4, 2023

Man arrested in Ashburton drug bust, gun seized

The 43-year-old man was arrested on Friday night.

A man has been arrested for allegedly carrying a gun and on multiple drug charges in the mid-Canterbury town of Ashburton.

The 43-year-old man was arrested on Friday night following a vehicle stop in the town south of Christchurch, a police spokesperson said. The man is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday on several charges including possession for supply of LSD, ecstasy, cannabis and methamphetamine, unlawfully possessing a firearm and unlawfully carrying a firearm.

Police officers also seized more than 240 grams of methamphetamine, 50 grams of cannabis, LSD and ecstasy from the vehicle. Almost $2000 cash, a firearm and ammunition was also seized.

“We would like to thank the Ashburton community for supporting police by providing quality and timely information,” Snr Sgt Leigh Jenkins said. 

“This is a great result.

“We will continue to work hard to ensure these types of offenders are held to account.”

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