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The Star: September 06, 2018

The Star: September 06,

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Corruption sting widens MORE ARRESTS have been made in the major police operation focused on the harness racing industry. A 30-year-old trainer/driver was among three people arrested yesterday. He faces charges of offering to supply ecstasy to several people including high profile people in the industry. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a stun gun. A 26-year-old male who appeared in the district court yesterday was granted name suppression. He has been charged with both race-fixing and drug supply offences. The 17-month police inquiry centred in Canterbury has seen many raids on properties this week. Ten people have now been charged during Operation Inca, which is investigating race fixing and drug use within the industry. There were six search warrants carried out in Christchurch yesterday morning, taking the total number of search warrants to 17. Stuff has reported those under investigation to date are champion driver Blair Orange, John Dunn, Nigel McGrath, Natalie Rasmussen, Andrew Stuart, another unnamed man, and Manawatū thoroughbred racing administrator Brent Wall. Police have also raided leading driver Dexter Dunn’s property. Brother of John Dunn, he is currently driving in the United States. The Star understands he will be interviewed when he returns to Christchurch. Yesterday morning, police went to Cran Dalgety’s Racing Stables in West Melton, where Dexter Dunn, 28, was based. •Turn to page 7 Under siege East may run for mayor • By Sophie Cornish UNDER SIEGE city councillor David East could make a surprise bid to become mayor. Cr East said yesterday he has received a lot of support over his stand that an independent inquiry is needed into an erased clause in the city council’s district plan. “I am very happy with the level of support I have received.” He confirmed he will be running for the city council again next year. “Interestingly it has been a tossed out comment in the last wee while that I should run for mayor, I will give that due consideration.” •Turn to page 4