Government slammed for issuing warnings to drug importers

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Sunday, 11 November 2018, 3:53p.m.
84 drug importers were given warnings. (Photo / File)

National's accused the Government of being soft on crime, after 84 people caught importing drugs got off with warnings.

Police carried out raids as part of an operation targeting people buying Class A and B drugs on the dark web, and shipping them in from overseas.

National's Mark Mitchell says the Police Minister has questions to answer.

He claims Stuart Nash and the Government is sending signals to police, about how they should operate and apply drug policy.

Mitchell says anyone who brought in more than a personal amount, should be criminally charged.

"They've taken a very soft approach on people that are actually importing Class A drugs, serious drugs that can do a lot of harm, and they are going around giving a warning. To me, it's just not acceptable."

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