Money laundering: Seven arrested, $6m in luxury cars, houses seized in Auckland

Seven people have been arrested and $6 million in luxury cars and houses have been seized after a police operation in Auckland.

Police carried out 23 search warrants across Auckland on Wednesday morning following an investigation by Financial Crime Group into money laundering and related offending.

The $6 million worth in assets includes a Bentley, two Porsches, two Range Rovers, a Mercedes and a BMW.

Eight properties have been restrained in central Auckland, Albany and Glenfield.

A majority of the seven people arrested are Chinese nationals with one Australian national.

One person is also facing charges relating to the large quantity supply of Methamphetamine.

"Money laundering is not a victimless crime," Detective Superintendent Iain Chapman said in a media briefing on Wednesday.

"Organised crime is all about money, whether it's drug dealing on the street or importing large amounts of drugs

"Money launderers who moved the funds gathered from this criminal activity threaten the safety and security of our communities by enabling these organised criminal groups

"We're going to keep targeting these offenders as well as organised criminal groups, and wherever possible, we'll be restraining the proceeds of their crime, their properties and their vehicles."

Six men and one woman aged between 29 and 48 years are due to appear in Auckland District Court on Thursday.