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Police say four individuals were arrested in Northland following two separate incidents that occurred over the weekend. Investigations are underway into potential breaches of Alert Level 4 restrictions, including evidence of criminal offending.
A 17-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in Kaikohe, Sunday morning. Officers on duty noted the two were observed as being asleep in their vehicle. They were stopped at a checkpoint in Rodney where officers were told that they were returning home to Whangārei after getting medical treatment in Auckland — they'd been told to return to their home address immediately.
The vehicle was consequently later found in Kaikohe, where a number of items were established inside the vehicle after authorities made further enquiries. Methamphetamine, cash and a machete were inside the vehicle.
Both are facing charges and will appear at Kaikohe District Court today.
The charges are for possessing methamphetamine for supply, failing to comply with Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, failing to comply with a search and surveillance obligation in relation to a device.
Kaitaia Police for the two other individuals visited a residential property due to reports indicating a lot of people coming and going from their address. Drug paraphernalia, cannabis, methamphetamine and cash was located at the address.
A 48-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman will face a range of drug-related charges and will appear in Kaitaia District Court on August 23.
“The actions of all of these people are incredibly disappointing and New Zealand Police will have little tolerance for those breaching the Alert Level 4 restrictions,” a statement from Northland Police says.
“We are working hard to ensure we keep our community safe and we continue to encourage anyone who is concerned about anyone conducting criminal offending or breaching the Alert Level 4 restrictions to contact Police via 105.”