Armed police callout in Auckland

Outside the property of a police drug bust on Albany Highway (Brigitte Purcell/Newshub.)
Outside the property of a police drug bust on Albany Highway (Brigitte Purcell/Newshub.)

Albany Highway in Auckland has reopened after being closed by armed police on Tuesday morning during a search for a methamphetamine lab.

Armed police callout in Auckland

The property where a police search for a meth lab occurred this morning (Brigitte Purcell/Newshub.)

The busy motorway was closed between Sunset Rd and Upper Harbour Highway. A large number of police officers and police dogs are reported to be at the scene.

Armed police callout in Auckland

Police have searched an Albany property for methamphetamine production (Brigitte Purcell/Newshub.)

"We came across cops with armed rifles at the intersection of Glendhu and Sunset," a witness told Newshub.

"They told me I couldn't go down Albany Highway. I turned onto Sunset, tried to come back onto Albany Highway through Unsworth Dr -- there was another cop at the top of Unsworth Dr telling me we couldn't go onto Albany Highway."

Auckland Transport confirmed the road was closed "due to a police operation", but has now opened.

"Please expect delays in the area as congestion eases," it tweeted.

A traffic camera overlooking Albany Highway appeared to show the motorway full, with traffic bumper-to-bumper.

Police have confirmed it was a drug-related operation.

Newshub.