Eleven people arrested following meth investigation
Eleven people arrested following investigation into manufacture of methamphetamine"
Police have arrested 11 people, including a senior head Hunters gang member, following Operation Oceanuster - an investigation into the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs.
Earlier today Police officers from the National Organised Crime Group with the assistance of staff across Tamaki Makaurau, executed search warrants at 18 properties in Auckland.
As a result 10 men and one woman, aged between 34 and 57, have been arrested.
Most of those arrested will be facing a range of serious drugs charges including the manufacture and dealing of Class A drugs.
One of those arrested, a 50-year-old male, is a senior Head Hunters West Chapter gang member who has been charged with supplying methamphetamine x 5, offering to supply methamphetamine, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for supply, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.
During the search warrants Police seized eight firearms, a clan lab and other equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Those arrested are all appearing in the Auckland and Waitemata District Courts either today or tomorrow.
Detective Inspector Greg Cramer says these arrests once again demonstrate our commitment to preventing the social harm caused by methamphetamine and other illicit drugs in our community.
“Our investigations are continuing and our message to those involved in the manufacture or distribution of methamphetamine is that you will be held to account.
“We want to hear from anyone who has information on illegal drug activity.
Anyone with information can contact us anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”