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Help from the public leads to Waihi man's arrest

Help from the public leads to Waihi man's arrest

Eastern Waikato Police say the arrest this morning for a man on drugs charges and the recovery of cannabis, unlicensed firearms and ammunition proves the value of an effective relationship between Police and the community.

Sergeant Aaron Fraser of the Waihi Police said officers went to a Princes St property early this morning supported by members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad (AOS).

"We went there after Police received information about a man at the address allegedly having illegal possession of firearms, large amounts of ammunition and cannabis at the property.

"Because of the potentially volatile mix of illicit drugs and illegally obtained firearms, AOS assistance was requested to ensure the safety of not only our staff but the public and the offender as well."

Mr Fraser said due to the large fences around the property it was a challenge for officers to obtain clear observation over the house and its occupants but entry was gained and contact made via voice and telephone appeals.

"One man came out the front of the house carrying a large army-style ammunition tin, when confronted by our staff he has run back inside and tried to flee out the back of the property.

"Unfortunately for him he has then encountered our rear security team and when ordered to stop has dropped the ammo tin on the ground and surrendered."

Mr Fraser said the tin was found to contain a large amount of cannabis plant material while a 30lt container located during a search of the property was also found full of cannabis.

"Our search teams found cannabis plants growing outside the house and a drying operation inside.

"Other items recovered included three firearms and large quantities of ammunition of various calibres."

As a result of this morning's search, a 43-year-old man is currently being interviewed by Police in relation to alleged drug and firearms offences.

Mr Fraser said today's search highlights the risks associated with drugs, particularly the frequency in which those growing, manufacturing and distributing illicit drugs take to arming themselves but public can play a part in preventing such crimes.

"Police encourage the public's active participation in keeping our communities safe.

"The best way you can do this is by providing Police with accurate and timely information on people or vehicles you think are involved in suspicious behaviour from descriptions, registration numbers and direction of travel."

Alternatively, Mr Fraser, said the public can leave information anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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