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Arrests In Wairoa Following Termination Of Drug Operation

The Eastern District Police Organised Crime Unit has today terminated a 
six-week-long operation targeting the supply of methamphetamine in the Wairoa 
area.

More than 60 Police staff, including the Wellington Asset Recovery Unit, the 
National Organised Crime Group and Specialist Search Group, assisted in the 
operation to search eight Wairoa properties.

There have been eight arrests, including four women, aged between 29 and 42 
and four men aged between 30 and 60.

Police allege the group have been selling high volumes of methamphetamine in 
Wairoa.

The group has strong links to the local Mongrel Mob gang and one of the men 
arrested is a patched member.

Police have restrained property worth over $1 million under the Criminal 
Proceeds (Recovery) Act.

This includes seven residential properties and six vehicles including late 
model utilities, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a jet ski and an excavator.

Today’s search warrants have seen Police locate and seize a large quantity 
of cash and methamphetamine. Two firearms have also be seized.

"The termination of this operation will cause a significant disruption to the 
supply of methamphetamine in the Wairoa community and will ultimately prevent 
the ongoing harm associated with this insidious drug," says Detective 
Inspector Brent Greville.

“It should send a clear warning to those who deal drugs in our communities 
that Police will continue to target you, and you will be prosecuted.”

Those arrested will appear in the Gisborne District Court tomorrow on charges 
including suppyling methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for supply 
and possession of cannabis for supply.

Further arrests are likely.

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