Police raid drug houses

20:00, Jul 02 2012

Northland Police have arrested more than 50 people in an Operation that targeted drug dealing houses and indoor cannabis cultivations.

Operation Dan was terminated over three days last week following six months of investigations into drug dealing houses and indoor cannabis cultivation operations.

About 80 police staff executed search warrants at addresses in Whangarei, Dargaville, Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Kaitaia and Mangonui.

During the warrants, Police arrested 52 people who are now facing charges a variety of drug dealing charges. They also located 22.5 grams of methamphetamine, 193 cannabis tinnies, over $20,000.cash and stolen property including two outboard motors and an Iphone.

The operation was also supported by New Zealand Customs and the Ministry of Justice Fines Collection Unit. This unit seized a number of items including a house bus, two vehicles, three televisions and $4.000 cash.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Rob Huys says the operation netted a number of people who were involved in serious drug offending including some well organised gang-related criminals.

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"It is well known that Organised Crime Groups have a negative impact on society so we wanted to cause maximum disruption to these offenders and their criminal networks, sending a strong message that this type of offending will not be tolerated in Northland."

In a wider context, the intention is to deter others from being involved in the illicit drug trade and also prevent the occurrence of other connecting crimes, such as burglaries and theft.

Mr Huys says Police also found children living at some of the addresses and have referred them to Child, Youth and Family.

"It is not acceptable to have children living in this environment and we will do whatever we can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these children."

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