Cash, cars seized in bust

21:00, May 16 2014

More than $20,000 in cash and 18 vehicles have been recovered in a methamphetamine supply ring bust near Palmerston North.

Police from Manawatu, Wellington and the National Asset Recovery Unit were all involved in the search, which took place at a Taonui Rd property, between Bunnythorpe and Feilding, on Thursday morning.

Manawatu CIB Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said a "significant quantity" of a substance believed to be methamphetamine was found at the property, as well as chemicals and other drug-making equipment.

In addition, police seized $20,000 cash, nine muscle cars, two utes, a BMW vehicle, seven Harley Davidson motorcycles, a quad bike, luxury watches and a gold ingot. The items may be forfeited depending on the outcome of an investigation by the Asset Recovery Unit.

A 44-year-old Palmerston North man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply. He has appeared in the Palmerston North District Court and was remanded in custody.

He would likely face further charges, Thompson said.

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