A Christchurch man has been arrested after selling meth in a now illegal plastic bag. It is understood, Craig Peters from Lyttleton sold half a gram of methamphetamine inside a small ziplock baggie which was inside a New World supermarket bag.
The new rules apply to any type of plastic less than 70 microns in thickness, that’s new or un-used, has carry handles, is provided for carrying sold goods, and is made of bio-based materials like starch. It also covers bags made of plastics that are degradable, biodegradable or oxo-degradable.
These are sometimes marketed as “not plastic”. The typical type of bag covered are those offered at supermarkets and stores – the old yellow Pak N Save bags measured about 35 microns, while those from clothing or department stores are usually between 50 and 70 microns.
The bags many people are using now are jute or polypropylene bags, that can be reused over and over put are not great for holding meth in.
The Government was encouraging dealers to clarify with their suppliers on the thickness of their bags they offered, and recommended they choose reusable ones.
Over the six-month phase-out period that led up to the law kicking in, cannabis dealers have already switched away from single-use plastic shopping bags, stopping tens of millions of them from entering circulation. Meth dealers are little slow to catch up.
Kiwis also appear to have adopted the change early, with survey results showing more than 80 per cent of drug addicts were bringing their own reusable bags with them to their dealers house – up from just over half a few months before that.
That said, a SatireHub survey conducted in Otara last week counted what appeared to be five new single-use plastic bags carrying drugs out of tinny houses.