‘Very unusual’: methamphetamine found in MDMA tablets for the first time in New Zealand
MDMA tablets containing methamphetamine have been found for the first time in New Zealand.
Methamphetamine was first discovered in MDMA tablets in New Zealand and the drugs are circulating in Wellington and Auckland.
The tablets are sold in colors ranging from red, pink and orange with a “Mitsubishi” logo stamped on them, and were found to contain methamphetamine after an Auckland resident reported feeling unusual symptoms.
The woman was in a state of distress on Karangahape Rd and alerted a member of the public that she felt like she had been drugged. The police responded and took possession of the pills for testing.
National Drug Intelligence Bureau Detective Inspector Blair Macdonald said it was likely the drugs were imported from overseas.
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“Methamphetamine is much more expensive than MDMA so selling meth as MDMA is very unusual and on that basis we don’t believe these tablets are made here in New Zealand,” he said. .
“We think it’s likely that these pills were introduced by people who honestly believe they are MDMA, but have been found to contain methamphetamine as well.”
It is not yet known what percentage of methamphetamine the tablets contain and the authorities do not yet know how large the supply is.
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Analysis of social media by police personnel revealed that the drugs were being sold in Auckland and Wellington, primarily in the color pink. The drugs seized by the police were dark red in color.
Users might experience increased levels of anxiety and paranoia, insomnia, mood swings, confusion or disorientation, and stimulant-like effects.
It comes as authorities have issued another warning about a new drug, which is being quickly seized at the border and likely sold as MDMA.
According to a recent report, dimethylpentylone, also known as dipentylone or sold online under alternative names such as “BU crystal”, is likely to become the most common synthetic substance of its type in New Zealand.
Police predict the drug, a synthetic cathinone, will completely overtake the use of eutylone, a drug that caused widespread damage across the country in late 2020 and early 2021, after being mistakenly sold as MDMA (ecstasy). ), causing dozens of hospitalizations.