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Firearms, meth & stolen goods recovered in raids

The raids have been taking place with the help of AOS, the police dog unit and a specialist search group. File photo.

Police are using information given to them by the public to target Gangs and Organised Crime around the Waikato District.

They have been executing search warrants on gang members and their associates in relation to illegal drugs and firearms.

“A number of gang members and associates are facing charges before the courts as we recovered stolen property, seized illegal firearms, methamphetamine, equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, large commercial cannabis operation and we even found a Molotov cocktail,” says a post on the Waikato Facebook page.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Ambler says it’s been a great result and a great example of working together to enhance the safety of our communities.

“We are dedicated to holding those that deal in drugs, firearms and stolen property to account and while assisting those that have addiction problems.”

The Alcohol Drug Helpline offers you free confidential information and support on any problem, issue or query you have about your own or someone else’s drinking or drug taking 0800 787 797.

Police in Auckland executed search warrants at 10 properties across the region on Thursday, and included members of the Armed Offenders Squad, Dog Section and Specialist Search Group.

The warrants are part of the second phase of an investigation dubbed Operation Nova, run by the National Organised Crime Group.

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