Police turn up drugs, rifles in raid

Tens of thousands of dollars in methamphetamine and rifles have been found in a police raid of an Ashhurst property.

Officers from the Manawatu CIB carried out the search in conjunction with the armed offenders squad about 6.30am yesterday.

Two men, a woman, and a child were found at the property and while police were at the house, a vehicle drove on to the property and the male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle entered the house.

He became obstructive and violent when approached, and was arrested.

Manawatu CIB Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said the arriving man was found with about 3 ounces, or 85grams, of methamphetamine in a bag he was carrying.

That amount of methamphetamine has a street value of about $42,000.

Drug utensils and two rifles were also seized as part of the search.

Palmerston North man Errol Danklof, 34, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply and obstruction and appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday.

He was remanded without pleas to later in the month.

Another 33-year-old Palmerston North man was charged with firearm and drug utensil offences and will appear in the same court next week.

The seized methamphetamine was a "significant amount" that had been taken out of circulation, Thompson said.

"As part of our continuing preventative strategy to crush methamphetamine distribution and organised crime, this seizure is not only a success for us but for the entire community.

"We are committed to apprehending and holding those to account who benefit from organised crime."

The search was one of a number police had undertaken in recent times, with varied results, but recently they'd had some good successes, he said.

In May, police recovered more than $20,000 cash, 18 vehicles, chemicals and drug-making equipment and a large amount of a substance believed to be cannabis during a search of a Taonui Rd property, between Bunnythorpe and Feilding.

The haul included nine muscle cars, two utes, a BMW vehicle, seven Harley Davidson motorcycles, a quad bike, luxury watches and a gold ingot.

A 44-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Anyone with information about drug manufacture or supply rings is asked to contact their local police station, or anonymously via Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.

Manawatu Standard