$1.5 million, drugs, luxury cars seized as six arrested in raids across North Island

$1.5 million, drugs, luxury cars seized as six arrested in raids across North Island

Six people have been arrested and $1.5 million in cash seized after an organised crime sting across the North Island.

Seventy police officers simultaneously raided properties in Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga and Whakatane on Thursday, they said in a statement.

As well as cash, search warrants also turned up six luxury vehicles, a high-end motorcycle, firearms, a cannabis grow room, marijuana and meth.

The six people arrested appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday, charged with a myriad of offences - including money laundering, fraud, accessory to the sale or supply of meth, supply of meth and the cultivation and supply of cannabis.

They have been remanded to appear in court at a later date, police say.

The warrants executed on Thursday were the second phase of an operation targeting organised crime. Police say it's linked to the arrest of a man for significant meth offences in February.

"These people have attempted to increase their own personal wealth and social status through the supply of narcotics, offending that contributes greatly to the misery and social harm of others," says Inspector Phil Gillbanks, Acting Area Commander of Eastern Bay of Plenty.

"Through the dedicated work of investigators police have successfully been able to seize and remove these ill-gotten status symbols of perceived success.

"Profits are what drives organised crime, therefore we will continue to target this motivation for people to become involved in such crime."

Police have urged anyone with information about illegal drug activity to contact their local police station or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.