Alert for parents after drug charge

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Police are encouraging parents to be on the lookout for drugs after a woman was charged recently with supplying cannabis to people under 18.

Central Otago Youth Aid officer Constable Tamah Alley said the police had received anecdotal reports cannabis was being supplied to children aged 13 and 14 in recent months.

After police inquiries, a 26-year-old woman was charged with supplying cannabis to people under 18.

The woman will appear in the Alexandra District Court later this month.

The police were “committed to protecting the young people in our community and take seriously activities that may cause any members of our community harm”, Const Alley said.

She was unable to comment on whether drug use had increased in the area or how drug use in Central Otago compared with other districts.

Earlier this year, police said it was difficult to quantify the amount of illegal drugs used in Central Otago.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, of Queenstown, said the common drugs police dealt with were MDMA, cannabis and methamphetamine.

Police worked with other agencies to provide help to young people using illicit drugs or alcohol.