Tuesday 18 October 2016

Police priorities

In today's Dominion Post we learn that Wellington area police have an ongoing investigation against a euthanasia group.

They've arrested an elderly woman who'd imported drugs that could be useful in euthanasia, and confiscated another elderly woman's helium balloon kit.
It is understood a second elderly woman was also involved in the October 7 raid, part of what police are calling Operation Painter, and that one of the women spent the night in a police cell. 
I wonder if they took any lessons from Arlo Guthrie's Officer Obie in making sure that the cell was safe.

Meanwhile, some of the War on Meth has become self-financing courtesy of New Zealand's asset forfeiture legislation.
A $15 million boost for anti-drug initiatives is not an admission that the Government is losing the war on P, Prime Minister John Key says.

However, Key acknowledges methamphetamine has become "the drug of choice" for some Kiwis, while police must do more to stop P coming into the country through remote areas like Northland.

The Government has announced the funding for 15 anti-drug initiatives, coming from money and assets seized from criminals, as part of its Tackling Methamphetamine Action Plan.
The war may be lost, though.

Earlier this month, Radio NZ had the Police Association telling us that meth is now purer and cheaper than ever before. Remember that half-billion dollars' worth of meth seized on 90 Mile Beach? No apparent effect on the price of meth. There is so much meth out there that the biggest seizure ever in New Zealand has had zero effect on prices.

And I still need to stock up on working pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines whenever I go back home to Canada - all in the futile fight against meth.

The police actions on meth will be futile, but help build a pool of seized assets. I don't know what the police think they're achieving in raids on elderly people who want to be able to end their lives painlessly should need to.

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