14 arrests in Auckland drug operation

Up to 80 officers were involved in the operation (Supplied)
Up to 80 officers were involved in the operation (Supplied)

Police have arrested a further two people as part of a major drug operation in Auckland.

The arrests of the 25-year-old woman and the 34-year-old man follow the earlier arrests of 14 others this morning, in a police crackdown aimed at "stopping drug dealing" within the CBD.

Police say 80 officers were involved in the operation, which saw "a quantity" of cannabis seized.

The search warrants spanned 10 properties in the city centre, Te Atatu, Ranui and Manurewa.

Those arrested include seven women and seven men, ranging in ages from 25 to 54. Many of them will appear in Auckland District Court today, charged with a range of drug-related offences.

Detective Inspector Hayden Mander says today's result follows a seven-week investigation.

"The team had been targeting an area around Hobson, Wellesley and Federal streets over the last seven weeks following concerns raised by members of the public, local businesses and institutions," he says.

"What they uncovered was alleged drug dealing on a wide scale, often aimed at vulnerable members of the community and conducted in clear view of the public."

Police say enquiries are ongoing.

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