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Firearms and drugs seized in Bay of Plenty searches, four arrested


Four people have been arrested after searches in two Kawerau properties that found drugs and firearms (file photo).

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Four people have been arrested after searches in two Kawerau properties that found drugs and firearms (file photo).

Four people have been arrested after searches in two Bay of Plenty properties found firearms and drugs.

The Whakatāne Precision Targeting Team, assisted by officers from Whakatāne, Kawerau and Edgecumbe, searched two properties in Kawerau on Thursday and Friday last week.

Police seized two firearms, about 11 grams of methamphetamine and small quantity of cannabis, a police statement said.

“Wastewater readings consistently show Kawerau to have the highest level of meth consumption in the country per capita,” Senior Sergeant Tristan Murray said.

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Murray said the drug had a devastating impact on the small community, and officers were committed to dismantling the networks that supplied it.

“These warrants are part of a larger effort to reduce harm as well as the other offending that inevitably follows the sale and supply of illicit substances.”

A 36-year-old man and 34-year-old woman had been jointly charged with possession of cannabis for supply, possession of methamphetamine for supply, unlawful possession of a pistol, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

They are due to appear in Whakatāne District Court on November 23 and December 15 respectively.

A 33-year-old woman had been charged with possession of cannabis for supply, possession of methamphetamine for supply, and supplying methamphetamine.

She has been bailed to appear in Whakatāne District Court on December 1.

A 26-year-old woman was also taken into custody for dangerous driving and failing to remain stopped, and was due to appear on November 23.



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