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A woman is fac­ing charges after a pre-dawn raid on a home led to the re­cov­ery of a high-cal­i­bre gun.

Po­lice, in­clud­ing the Armed Of­fend­ers Squad, ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a home in Hamil­ton St in Te Aroha around 5.45am on Mon­day. Mor­rinsville Act­ing Sergeant Will Hamil­ton said po­lice ar­rested a 23-year-old woman. She was taken into cus­tody and given po­lice bail to reap­pear in the Mor­rinsville District Court on charges re­lat­ing to other mat­ters. Two other men at the prop­erty were as­sist­ing po­lice with in­quiries.

‘‘We are yet to es­tab­lish the fi­nal charges any­one will face, in­clud­ing the two other oc­cu­pants.’’

A small amount of cannabis and drug para­pher­na­lia were also found in the search, Hamil­ton said. Po­lice also re­cov­ered a high­cal­i­bre firearm. No one at the prop­erty held a firearm’s li­cence, he said.

‘‘Po­lice will take a zero tol­er­ance and cau­tious ap­proach to any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing firearms in the hands of young peo­ple. In the hands of the wrong peo­ple firearms have the po­ten­tial to do a lot of harm.’’

Hamil­ton urged any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion about il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms, to con­tact po­lice.

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