Three-month police investigation nets 13 arrests

Thirteen people have been arrested after a three-month police investigation into the organised crime and drugs trade in Otara, South Auckland.

Police said those arrested in Operation Obsidian faced charges involving the sale and distribution of class A and C drugs, as well as receiving stolen property.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur, of the Counties Manukau East CIB, said he expected the operation to have an impact on crimes such as burglary and car theft.

Among property recovered when search warrants were executed were a gas-powered pistol, a stolen laptop, drug-related items, nearly 100 cannabis tinnies and five mountainbikes that were thought to be stolen.

"This is a significant operation which has taken place over a number of months and is the culmination of various smaller operations targeting drug offending throughout the district," Harpur said.