A gold ingot, seven Harley
Davidsons, nine muscle cars and a stack of cash were among
the assets seized by police in a co-ordinated raid.
Police officers from Manawatu and Wellington, assisted by the
Armed Offenders Squad, the National Asset Recovery Unit and
the Wellington clan lab team, carried out the raid at a
property between Bunnythorpe and Feilding yesterday morning.
Manawatu CIB Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said the raid
yielded approximately $20,000 in cash, nine muscle cars, two
utes, a BMW, seven Harley Davidson motorcycles, a quad bike,
luxury watches, and a five ounce gold ingot.
"A significant quantity of what we believe to be
methamphetamine has also been seized as well as chemicals and
other drug-making equipment."
An assessment at the property would be carried out to
determine if it was being used as a clan lab, Mr Thompson
A 44-year-old man from Palmerston North was arrested at the
property and charged with possession of methamphetamine for
supply, he said.
The man appeared in the Palmerston North District Court
yesterday and was remanded in custody. Further charges
against him were likely, Mr Thompson said.
The Asset Recovery Unit were making inquiries for the
potential forfeiture of the seized items, he said.
"Organised crime is a disease to society and we will continue
to concentrate our efforts to remove illicit drugs from
communities and hold those who benefit from the proceeds of
crime to full account."
Those with information about potential drug manufacturing
activities or supply rings were advised to call their local