Northland Police have arrested four people and seized firearms, ammunition, drugs, and cash after executing multiple search warrants in the Far North overnight.
Five search warrants were executed which saw four properties and a vehicle searched between Kerikeri and Mangonui, police said.
What was seized:
- Five firearms
- A prohibited MSSA-style rifle magazine
- Large amounts of cannabis
- Drug paraphernalia
- $3000 cash
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Dalzell outlined the arrests and charges made against the four people.
"A 48-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis for supply, and will have his current firearm license revoked.
"A 40-year-old woman has been charged with possession of methamphetamine.
"A 50-year-old man was charged with unlawfully possessing ammunition and a prohibited firearm magazine, as well as possession of methamphetamine.
"Finally, a 45-year-old man was charged with possession of equipment for manufacturing Methamphetamine," he added.
They will all appear in the Kaikohe District Court in due course.
Det Snr Sgt Dalzell added police have warned they are stepping up their efforts to disrupt unlawful gang activity.
"In Northland, Police are also taking every opportunity to target those involved in recent gang and firearm-related violence, as well as other gang events that have taken place over long weekends in recent months."
He added police welcome information from anyone who has concerns about organised crime, gang activity, or illegal possession of firearms in the community.
"We rely on the eyes and ears of our community and whanau members who can help reduce the harm in our communities."
Those with information can report online at 105.police.govt.nz or call police on 105.