The Police Association totally rejects the payment of nearly $ 3 million to a methamphetamine addiction program run by Mongrel Mob – a scheme that has angered a growing number of police officers, especially those involved in organized crime investigations.
Association president Chris Cahill was contacted by agents asking why they should even bother to make the huge pledge and risk they are taking to bring armed, dangerous and armed gangs to justice. who sell methamphetamine on a large scale, while the money is just flowing. go back to gangs.
An officer compared it to the most successful money laundering scheme he has heard. Police take $ 2 million in dirty money – as they recently did from the Notorious chapter of the Mongrel Mob in Operation Dusk in Hawke’s Bay – and the government is returning $ 2.75 million in own money to people so closely linked to the same gang, ”Cahill said.
“Members of the association are clearly angry that the police hierarchy and the Ministry of Health consider that a gang such as Notorious Mongrel Mob, which is responsible for the majority of methamphetamine trafficking in the center of Hawke’s Bay, should now be trusted stewards of millions of dollars to solve a problem they help create. “
Mr Cahill said the association’s criticisms were not aimed at drug rehabilitation initiatives.
“We know only too well the crisis that exists in this area. Our members face people every day who need help and rehabilitation from drug use. New Zealand is so lacking in resources. rehabilitation that it is incumbent on the officers to provide care, often in police cells, which is not a place for a person who needs specialized medical help, ”he said.
“It is difficult to understand how those promoting the need for detox seem blind to the appalling optics of this Mongrel Mob scenario – let alone trust this multi-million dollar ploy to do anything other than fill the boxes. pockets of major gang leaders. “
The association is asking that this money be channeled to legitimate drug addiction services in the province of New Zealand who are asking for such help.
Mr. Cahill also wants the police to listen more carefully to their staff and understand how the Métis crowd in this region works, recognize the extent of the damage it is causing and wake up at the thin layer between those who receive the products from the crime. funding and those who sell methamphetamine and create the problem.
“I would say that is the least that the staff who work at the forefront of organized crime deserve,” he says.
“Otherwise, we’ll see a growth in gang-run addiction services, which is really like a pharmacy infecting its customers with a cold and then selling them cold medicine. “
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