Drugs seized

Taranaki Daily News - - News -

Armed po­lice raided two Waitara prop­er­ties yes­ter­day look­ing for guns, drugs and stolen prop­erty. Search war­rants were ex­e­cuted at the ad­dresses by mem­bers of the po­lice Armed Of­fend­ers Squad, Tac­ti­cal Crime Unit, CIB de­tec­tives and the Traf­fic and Al­co­hol group. Roads were cor­doned off as po­lice swooped on the prop­er­ties. Three men, two aged 24 and one aged 21, were ar­rested and drugs and firearms seized dur­ing the raids, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Pe­ter Lawn of the TCU said. ‘‘The search war­rants were in re­la­tion to drugs, firearms and stolen prop­erty,’’ Lawn said. Two of the men are due to ap­pear in the New Ply­mouth District Court to­day fac­ing charges in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine, com­mis­sion of a crime us­ing a firearm and pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon. The third has been re­leased on bail to ap­pear at a later date. ‘‘I want to re­as­sure the com­mu­nity that po­lice will con­tinue to ac­tively seek out those who are in pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal firearms, metham­phetamine and re­ceivers of stolen goods.’’ Lawn thanked mem­bers of the pub­lic for their pa­tience while the cor­dons were in place.

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