Auckland meth ring busted
Police have arrested four people and seized thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine in a bust centred on a drug ring operating in Auckland and Hawke's Bay for the past year.
Nine ounces of the Class A drug were found during a raid on a north Auckland property yesterday, along with thousands of dollars in cash and a loaded pistol.
Three ounces of methamphetamine were found during searches of four properties in Hawke's Bay.
A 42-year-old man was due to appear in the Auckland District Court today charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply, supplying methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a pistol.
Three men, aged 22 to 57, have appeared in the Napier District Court charged with supplying methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for supply.
Police say the group are likely to face further charges.
As well as the methamphetamine uncovered in Hawke's Bay, police also seized a large amount of cash, LSD and a boat.
Head of the Eastern District Organised Crime group, detective senior sergeant Mike Foster, said the drug ring had gang connections and further arrests were likely.
He said the group had been "very active" around the area for some time.