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Hawke's Bay drugs bust ends in 20 arrests

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/02/2017

Twenty people have been arrested as police concluded a five-month operation in Hawke's Bay targeting the supply of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Detective Inspector Mike Foster says 11 search warrants were executed at addresses in Napier and Hastings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Those arrested, who are male and female and are aged 20 to 50, appeared in Hastings District Court on Wednesday.

The charges they faced included supplying methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and cannabis for supply, and participating in an organised criminal group.

Det Insp Foster says police seized more than $35,000 in cash, much of it buried, methamphetamine, LSD, large amounts of cannabis and a firearm.

A restraint has been imposed on two Napier properties.

Det Insp Foster says information supplied by the public was instrumental to the police investigation.

"I would like to thank the community of Hawke's Bay for their patience and information that they have supplied police over the past year about these addresses," he said.

"With the scale and seriousness of offending, police needed to carefully consider and thoroughly investigate the offending of these groups as well as their assets."

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