Search at Dotcom Mansion ends

Search at Dotcom Mansion ends

National News

The search of 186 Mahoenui Road in Coatsville, Auckland finished just before midnight last night, concluding the work required there by Police and the Organised & Financial Crime Agency New Zealand.

The search followed the arrest of four men yesterday morning as part of a U.S. led investigation into criminal copyright infringement.

Police have seized a variety of equipment including computers and documents for the purposes of evidence. Assets including luxury cars and artwork have been restrained and passed to the control of the Official Assignee.

Some of the larger items restrained remain at the property and the Official Assignee will continue working to remove these in the coming days.

Detective Inspector Grant Wormald of OFCANZ says the team will continue working at the North Shore Policing Centre through the weekend.

"Our focus now is on completing all the documentation required by Crown Law ahead of the next court appearance on Monday.

"The team of four FBI staff will also remain working with us for the next few days."

Police located two firearms at the property yesterday and a 55-year-old New Zealand man has been charged with unlawful possession of a pistol. He was released on Police bail and is due in court on 26th January.

It is not anticipated there will be any further update or comment to give until next week.

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Contact:

New Zealand Police: Grant Ogilvie 027 236 9974

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