News from NZ Police
The Waitakere CIB seized almost half a million dollars in cash, four kilograms of pseudo methamphetamine, and a kilo of gold as a result of a number of search warrants that were executed late yesterday.
Five motor vehicles were been seized in the raids which were carried out at properties in Metropolitan Auckland yesterday evening.
Assisted by staff from throughout the Upper North region, police executed more than a dozen search warrants. Eight males have been arrested on drug charges related to the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine.
Acting Detective Inspector Stan Brown, Field Crime Manager for the Waitematā Police District has been leading the operation. He says a Clan Lab explosion at an address in Glendene in December 2011 was the catalyst for this lengthy police investigation dubbed Operation Shiloh.
“We’ve stopped this group’s drug dealing activity in its tracks. At the same time we have arrested the main players responsible for local and regional distribution of meth,” he said.
“The success of this operation is pleasing to investigators. As a result of this success the supply and availability of methamphetamine in Auckland will be reduced. It’s another major step towards the greater goal of stopping drug dealing on our streets.”
“We will minimise the harm from organised crime and drugs at every opportunity.”
“Our investigations are continuing and more search warrants are being executed, on these offenders home addresses and known associates to reduce the effects that methamphetamine is still having,” Acting Detective Inspector Stan Brown said.
Earlier News from NZ Police
Waitakere CIB assisted by Auckland staff arrested two men in Sylvia Park, Auckland at 3.00pm yesterday. As the result of the arrest a large amount of precursor chemicals were located and both men will appear in the Waitakere District Court charged with possession for supply of a class B controlled drug.
At 4.15pm, the Armed Offenders Squad assisted Police to arrest a further 4 men aged between 20 -30yrs in Dominion Road, Auckland City. These men will appear in the Waitakere District today charged with supplying a class B drug.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Megan Goldie says, ‘the arrests came as a result of an investigation being conducted by the Waitakere CIB. Search warrants were also executed at 11 addresses across greater Auckland.’
She says, ‘the arrests were the culmination of a lengthy investigation which commenced in December 2011 when a Clandestine Methamphetamine laboratory exploded during the manufacturing process in Culperry Rd, Glendene.’
As a result of yesterday’s arrests and warrants executed, a significant amount of cash and property including motor vehicles has been seized.
The 4 men arrested at Dominion Road plus a further associate will appear in the Waitakere District Court today charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, arson and supplying a class B drug.
This investigation is ongoing and police cannot rule out the possibility of further arrests.