Four detained after Manawatu drug bust

  • 05/08/2016
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Drugs, flash cars, cash and an assault rifle have been seized as part of an investigation that's resulted in four arrests in Manawatu since Thursday.

A 52-year-old Palmerston North man was arrested in a car just south of Paekakariki on Thursday, and after raids of properties and storage facilities in Palmerston North, Feilding and Ashhurst, a 36-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, both of Palmerston North, face drug-related charges.

Four detained after Manawatu drug bust

$278,000 in cash was found by the police (Supplied)

A 22-year-old Palmerston North woman was also arrested for a breach of bail.

Police found 80g of methamphetamine, 10kg of cannabis plant head, 175g of hashish, $278,000 in cash and an AK-47 assault rifle.

Five motor vehicles were seized, including European cars.

Four detained after Manawatu drug bust

The stash of hashish seized (Supplied)

The 52-year-old man and 26-year-old woman have appeared in court and the remaining accused are set to appear in court.

It was part of Operation Zippo, which has already led to the arrest of nine people, along with the seizure of drugs and property.

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