Two arrested after search into alleged clan lab

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Two men are facing charges after an investigation into an alleged clandestine labratory operating in the Bay of Plenty.

Bay of Plenty Police carried out search warrants at two addresses in Settlement Road at Pikowai this morning says Western Bay of Plenty Police investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner.

Police located cannabis, firearms and pre-cursor chemicals, during the searches, he says.

A 57-year-old man will appear in the Whakatane District Court on Saturday 25 April facing a number of charges, including unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession of a pistol and possession of methamphetamine.

A 60-year-old man is due to appear in the Whakatane District Court on the 4 June on charges of possession of firearms and possession of cannabis.

“Methamphetamine causes tremendous harm in our communities.

“Police are committed to reducing that harm and holding those people to account who try to profit by spreading such harm in our communities, even during such extraordinary times as this.”

Greg says, anyone with information about the sale and supply of illegal substances in the community should contact their local Police station, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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