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Head Hunters arrested in Chch drug op

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016

A number of Head Hunters members have been arrested in Christchurch for supplying methamphetamine and participating in an organised crime group.

Canterbury police made the arrests on Tuesday morning after concluding a four month investigation by searching Christchurch properties.

With multiple members and associates of gang members also arrested in the six weeks prior, Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney said police were sending a signal to gang members.

"Police will take action to dismantle and disrupt gang crime and the impact of drug dealing in our communities," he said.

"Violent crimes are a feature of the methamphetamine supply chain, and the drug itself is linked to further criminal activity and social harm."

Police said the Head Hunters gang had been attempting to secure a presence in Christchurch for the last three years, but the Canterbury Offender Taskforce had taken a strong line targeting "gang criminals".

"More than 135 firearms, significant amounts of methamphetamine, cannabis and synthetic drugs have been seized by the offender taskforce this year, totalling millions of dollars," Det Insp Sweeney said.

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