Maketu drug bust accused remanded

Two men arrested following a drug bust in Maketu last December have been remanded on bail after appearing in Tauranga District Court today.

Hairini man Mark Gregory Kimber, 48, and Simon Christian Whare appeared before Judge Peter Rollo this morning charged with manufacturing and supplying the class-A drug methamphetamine.

Police undertook search warrants at a number of properties in Maketu Road.

Kimber was charged with conspiring to supply the precursor material, iodine, knowing it was to be used to manufacture methamphetamine and supplying the drug to two people.

His co-accused Whare was charged with manufacturing and supplying the drug.

The two men first appeared in court on December 13 and were remanded in custody.

Judge Rollo remanded Kimber and Whare on bail until March 20 today to allow time for police to process and finalise written statements.

The two men were part of a group of people arrested following an armed police raid on properties in Maketu Road last December.

Operation Detroit culminated in a series of search warrants in Maketu, Te Puke and Tauranga involving approximately 40 police staff from three districts.

Read more about the drug busts here.

Thousands of dollars’ worth of methamphetamine and precursors with the potential to make millions of dollars’ worth of methamphetamine were recovered during the four month operation along with firearms, ammunition, cash and a stolen motorbike.

A total of 18 people were arrested - 16 men and two women. Three men and one woman were arrested for a variety of cannabis offences. The remaining 14 all face a variety of Class A drug-related charges.


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