Guns, cannabis and meth lab found in Waikato searches

  • 02/12/2015

Police have seized firearms and cannabis, and discovered a dismantled methamphetamine lab after they searched two properties in the Waikato suburb of Hauraki this morning.

Two firearms and cannabis were found at a property in Turua, where a man in his 40s is helping police with inquiries. Police were assisted by the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad.

A pistol and what appears to be a disassembled clandestine methamphetamine lab was discovered at the second property in an industrial site in Paeroa.

"An Auckland-based clan lab team is currently conducting a forensic analysis of the scene and a 37-year-old woman is assisting us with our inquiries into this property," says Detective Sergeant Martyn Hughes of the Coromandel-Hauraki CIB.

Det Sgt Hughes says the pair may face firearms and drug related charges.

"Given the success of last month's methamphetamine-related warrants in Te Aroha and today's activities, I believe the benefits of the community working with the police to reduce the harms from drugs is becoming readily apparent," he says.

Eastern Waikato police say the community can feel confident officers are disrupting the area's drug trade.

Police ask anyone with information on illegal drug activity to call contact your local police, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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