Thursday, May 23, 2024

Police seize $2 million in assets in Hawke’s Bay raids

Police have seized approximately $2 million in assets and arrested six people following an operation into organised crime in the Hawke’s Bay.

The National Organised Crime Group and Eastern District Police executed multiple search warrants across the Hawke’s Bay over the past three days.

Operation Dusk has been an 18 month investigation targeting senior members of the Mongrel Mob across Hawke’s Bay, NZ Police said in a statement today.

“Additional search warrants executed over the past three days have targeted other organised crime groups including members of the Black Power and Outlaws MC gangs,” Police said.

Fourteen firearms including military style semi-automatic weapons and pistols, ammunition, illicit drugs including methamphetamine, cannabis and synthetics and large quantities of cash were recovered during the raids.

Fifteen motor vehicles including a 2020 Range Rover and high-end classic cars, two trucks, four Harley Davidson motorbikes, a dirt bike, jewellery, a boat, two jet skis, trailers and a digger have been restrained.

Two businesses are being assessed for their links to organised crime, Police said.

Police have arrested three men and three women. They are facing serious drugs and firearms charges.

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