The stunning bungle saw the information copied and widely circulated among gang and methamphetamine-producing circles and led to police taking emergency steps to protect those exposed by the blunder.
Last night Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess said the information had been mistakenly included in material sent to a lawyer acting for someone arrested in an investigation by the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of NZ (Ofcanz).
‘Police deeply regret this mistake which was the result of human error. Steps were taken to recover the information as soon as police were aware of the error.
However by this point it had been more widely circulated. Police also took other appropriate measures needed to prevent harm to any person arising from the mistake’.