Month-long op­er­a­tion ends in 18 ar­rests

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A po­lice op­er­a­tion sparked by six shoot­ings across Auck­land has come to an end with the ar­rest of 18 peo­ple.

The shoot­ings hap­pened be­tween Novem­ber 2012 and June 2013.

One was on Hayr Rd, Three Kings, on Novem­ber 13.

The vic­tim John Glozier was shot in the leg and a BMW was stolen from the scene.

A Mt Al­bert man was shot in the foot on De­cem­ber 8.

None of the six shoot­ings were fa­tal.

The in­ci­dents are be­lieved to be drug re­lated and those ar­rested are ei­ther mem­bers or as­so­ciates of the Black Power gang.

Coun­ties Manukau Po­lice field crime man­ager De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Mark Gutry says the vic­tims had pro­vided ‘‘limited co-op­er­a­tion’’ to po­lice.

A Ma­nurewa man who ap­peared in court in De­cem­ber to face charges in re­la­tion to the De­cem­ber 8 in­ci­dent was linked to the ear­lier shoot­ing in Three Kings and an­other in St Marys Bay by po­lice at the time.

Mr Gutry says one per­son will be fac­ing charges in re­la­tion to three shoot­ings in the city, but he can’t con­firm where th­ese hap­pened.

Five peo­ple were al­ready in cus­tody be­fore po­lice car­ried out search war­rants at 15 properties across Auck­land on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to look for firearms and drugs.

The raids brought to an end a lengthy po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion named Op­er­a­tion Mag­gie.

Charges against those ar­rested in­clude par­tic­i­pat­ing in an or­gan­ised crim­i­nal group, drug deal­ing, ag­gra­vated rob­bery, bur­glary, wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, and man­u­fac­tur­ing metham­phetamine.

Nine peo­ple were to ap­pear in the Manukau Dis­trict Court on Wed­nes­day.

‘‘This type of of­fend­ing is re­spon­si­ble for con­sid­er­able harm to the com­mu­nity. We’ll con­tinue to tar­get or­gan­ised crime, gangs, and drugs,’’ Mr Gutry says.

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