The Mongrel Mob has been targeted in police raids across New
Zealand this morning which has resulted in 22 arrests, and
250 charges laid.
Simultaneous search warrants involving 100 officers and
police drug dogs were carried out on 20 addresses in
Blenheim, Picton, Nelson, Hokitika, Lower Hutt, Auckland,
Havelock North, Palmerston North and Christchurch.
A clandestine drug laboratory was located at an Auckland
address and cannabis grow rooms were found in Hokitika and
Wakamarina, police said.
The operation, backed by the Organised and Financial Crime
Agency NZ, focused on the Tasman police district where police
believed the Mongrel Mob were involved in serious drug
After an eight-month operation targeting the gang's drug
activity in Marlborough, the police pounced today.
Of the 22 arrests nationally, which included seven patched
Mongrel Mob members, there were 14 arrests in the Marlborough
At a Nelson address a large quantity of plastic bags commonly
used for the distribution of methamphetamine, with Mongrel
Mob insignia printed, on them were recovered.
Quantities of cash, about 1kg of dried cannabis and 24
plants, more than 9g of methamphetamine, a firearm, stolen
computers and drug utensils have also been recovered.
Young children were present at some addresses and police have
made three referrals to CYF.
A total of 250 charges have been laid. They include
possession of class A and C drugs for supply; conspiring to
supply or deal methamphetamine; conspiring to supply or deal
class C and B drugs; offering to supply methamphetamine;
offering to supply class B and C drugs; possession of class B
and C drugs, theft, and burglary.
Police say further charges and arrests are likely.
Marlborough area commander Inspector Simon Feltham said a
team of police in Blenheim had put in "an enormous amount of
work" gathering evidence about the gang's drug dealing
activities and that had led to further offenders being
identified outside the Marlborough area.
"Since the Mongrel Mob turned up in Marlborough, police have
been vigilant in monitoring their activities," he said.
"Neither police nor the Marlborough community are prepared to
tolerate their drug dealing.
"This operation has resulted in the arrest of all of the
senior members of this criminal group in Marlborough and it
sends a very clear message to their associates that they are
not, and never will be, welcome here."