Thursday, May 23, 2024

Stolen goods, guns and drugs seized in Tūrangi raid

A Police operation targeting drugs and gangs in Tūrangi this week has recovered stolen firearms and resulted in three arrests.

Organised Crime and Tactical Crime teams from Taupō Police executed a search warrant at a Tūrangi property with links to the Mongrel Mob yesterday.

Officers seized nine stolen firearms, a large quantity of ammunition, a collection of stolen property, and drugs.

During the warrant, cultivation equipment was also seized from the property, NZ Police said in a statement.

Officers also recovered stolen construction equipment, chainsaws, a Yamaha motocross bike and other property.

“We don’t want drugs in our community or guns in the hands of gang members – we want to send a clear signal that we will disrupt this kind of criminal activity, which only harms people,” said Detective Sergeant Paul Meharry.

“The Taupō Organised Crime Team has had a strong focus on disrupting criminal activity in Tūrangi, and disrupting the sale and supply of illicit drugs in the community.

“The community doesn’t want this offending here, and neither do we. This operation shows the importance of this work. It’s a good day when we get firearms out of the hands of criminals, and it makes us all safer.”

Police have charged an 18-year-old man with burglary, while a 35-year-old woman faces drug-related charges. A 29-year-old man has been charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, and drug-related charges.

Police say further charges are likely. All three are due to appear in the Taupō District Court on 8 May.

Police urge anyone with information about illegal behaviour to report it via 105. Information can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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