Nine people were arrested and $300,000 of methamphetamine was
recovered in a North Island police bust this week.
The searches, conducted on properties in Auckland and
Whangarei with the help of the Organised & Financial
Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), also recovered $154,000
as part of the three-month investigation "Operation Enzone".
The cash was discovered buried in a paddock on a property in
Kaitaia. Police also seized about $2 million in property and
assets under the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act.
The nine accused face multiple charges of manufacturing and
supplying methamphetamine, participating in an organised
criminal group and money laundering.
Detective sergeant John Sowter of OFCANZ said the group has
allegedly been supplying methamphetamine to the upper North
Island, Auckland, Napier and Wellington.
"It is a good result, and the culmination of some hard work
by OFCANZ and police investigators," Sowter said.
- Herald Online