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Police seized two million in assets and arrested six people following Operation Dusk, which looked into organised crime in the Hawke’s Bay area.
National Organised Crime Group and Eastern District Police teams executed a number of searches warranted across the region over the last three days after an 18-month long investigation that targeted senior members of the Mongrel Mob.
Other search warrants were executed over the last three days to target other organised crime groups, including Black Power and Outlaws MC gangs. Five residential addresses were restrained under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009.
Fourteen firearms were found, including military-style semi-automatic weapons and pistols, ammunition and illicit drugs.
This includes methamphetamine, cannabis and synthetics.
A large quantity of cash was also recovered during the search warrants.
Jewellery, a boat, two jet skis, trailers and a digger was restrained.
Fifteen motor vehicles, including a 2020 Range Rover, multiple high-end classic cars, two trucks, one dirtbike, and four Harley Davidson motorbikes, were held for further investigation.
Two businesses were are getting assessed after possible links towards the organised crime.
Police arrested six individuals — three men and three women between a range of different ages. They will face serious drugs and firearms charges and are due to appear in court in due course.
“The Hawke’s Bay Police Community Teams continue to liaise with communities affected by gang activity, providing reassurance and support,” Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney said.
“Police are absolutely committed to disrupting, deterring, and dismantling organised crime networks throughout regions including Hawke’s Bay and those that support these criminal business entities.”
The operation is ongoing, and any further arrests, restraints or charges will not be ruled out.
Image: SUPPLIED/New Zealand Police
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