A police operation sparked by six shootings across Auckland has come to an end with the arrest of 18 people.
The shootings happened between November 2012 and June 2013.
One was on Seymour Rd, St Marys Bay, on December 19.
None of the shootings were fatal.
Counties Manukau Police field crime manager Detective Inspector Mark Gutry says several of the victims were criminals and they had provided "limited co-operation" to police.
The incidents are believed to be drug related and those arrested are either members or associates of the Black Power gang.
"This type of offending is responsible for considerable harm to the community. We'll continue to target those involved in organised crime, gangs, and drugs. We expect that the termination of Operation Maggie will have a significant impact on this group," Mr Gutry says.
A Manurewa man who appeared in court in December to face charges in relation to another shooting in Three Kings was linked to the Seymour Rd incident at the time.
Mr Gutry says one person will face charges in relation to three of the shootings but he can't confirm where these happened.
Five people were already in custody before police carried out search warrants at 15 Auckland properties on Wednesday morning to look for firearms and drugs.
A further 13 people were arrested.
Charges against those arrested include participating in an organised criminal group, drug dealing, aggravated robbery, burglary, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Nine people were due to appear in the Manukau District Court on Wednesday afternoon.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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