More than $2 million in cash was seized. Photo NZ Police
More than $3 million in assets including a Ferrari,
Porsche and Maserati were seized when 29 search warrants were
executed across the country yesterday.
Eight suspects were arrested in the raids, following the
termination of a lengthy investigation into the manufacture
and supply of methamphetamine in the Auckland region, code
named Operation Genoa.
The raids also led to the seizure of five properties, more
than $2 million in cash, gold bullion, silver ingots and a 30
Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ)
Detective Inspector Bruce Good said 29 search warrants were
executed at properties in Auckland, rural south Auckland and
"A substantial amount of methamphetamine was recovered at a
rural property in Miranda 80 kilometres south-east of
As the warrant was being executed one of the suspects
escaped, and was apprehended less than two hours later, Mr
Police dogs were used to capture the man and as a result he
suffered minor dog bite injuries.
He was treated by ambulance staff at the scene and later
taken to Auckland Hospital for treatment. He is still in
hospital and expected to be released into custody either
later today or tomorrow, Mr Good said.
The eight suspects arrested will face a range of charges
including manufacturing methamphetamine, money laundering,
unlawful possession of a restricted weapon, obtaining a false
documents and participating in an organised criminal group.
Two of those apprehended were senior patched members of the
Head Hunters gang.
Mr Good said the group was running a sophisticated
methamphetamine manufacturing operation.
"We believe the suspects, many of whom have family
connections, were using several addresses and storage units
in Auckland, rural south Auckland and Nelson to produce,
store and distribute methamphetamine and the Class B drug
ephedrine," Mr Good said.
"Our intelligence indicates they were producing in excess of
$1 million worth of methamphetamine at a time which gives an
indication as to the size of the market they were supplying."
"In total we have recovered approximately half a kilogram of
methamphetamine and 6 kilograms of precursor drugs and
chemicals during Operation Genoa. This would have a combined
street value of in excess of $3.5 million."
The seizure of significant assets such as luxury cars, gold
bullion and properties in Auckland, rural south Auckland and
Nelson was particularly satisfying, Mr Good said.
"Operation Genoa sends another powerful message to the
criminal community that police will use every legal avenue at
our disposal to target organised crime in New Zealand."