Manawatu Police arrested four people early last week following several search warrants targeting the sale and supply of methamphetamine.
The arrests are the latest in a series of organised crime operations in Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua involving the Manawatu Organised Crime Unit and the Central Asset Recovery Unit.
Police have restrained over one million dollars’ worth of assets, seized $280,000 cash, 14 firearms and a significant amount of methamphetamine and other drugs.
Detective Sergeant Johnny Oram, Officer in Charge of the Manawatu Organised Crime Unit, says that people who deal drugs and try to profit from it will be held to account.
“Manawatu Police will not let these individuals sell illicit drugs and accumulate wealth at the expense of the vulnerable members of our community,” says Detective Sergeant Oram.
“The number of firearms recovered show the prevalence of weapons in association with organised crime, and we are pleased to have removed so many from those who cause harm.”
Senior Sergeant Jymahl Glassey of Dannevirke Police says the arrests were an excellent result in reducing drug related harm in the community.
The four arrests are in addition to a further six arrests earlier this month as part of the operations. Those arrested, aged between 30 and 66, face a range of charges including unlawful possession of firearms and the sale and supply of methamphetamine.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Murray, Central Asset Recovery Unit, says the message is clear.
“If any person attempts to profit from crime, they risk lengthy terms of imprisonment and the loss of their assets,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Murray.
“I actively encourage people to contact Police to let us know about people involved in the supply of drugs, or accumulating wealth and assets with no apparent legitimate means.”
If you, or someone you know, is using drugs, you can seek help by contacting your local GP, by ringing the Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, or texting 8681 seven days a week to speak to a trained counsellor.
Anyone who wishes to give information anonymously can do so by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Issued by Police media Centre