Seven patched Mongrel Mob members and 15 others have been arrested today after an eight-month operation targeting the gang's drug activity.
This morning police executed simultaneous search warrants on the addresses of Mongrel Mob members in Blenheim, Picton, Nelson, Hokitika, Christchurch, Lower Hutt, Auckland, Havelock North and Palmerston North.
The warrants covered six police districts and involved about 100 police and drugs dogs.
The operation had focused primarily on serious drug offending by Mongrel Mob members across Marlborough.
Marlborough Area Commander Inspector Simon Feltham said the operation had resulted in the arrest of all of the senior members of the criminal group in Marlborough.
"It sends a very clear message to their associates that they are not, and never will be, welcome here."
Nationally 20 search warrants were executed and 22 people arrested, including seven patched Mongrel Mob members.
That included nine Marlborough addresses where 14 people were arrested.
A clandestine drug laboratory was located at an Auckland address and cannabis grow rooms were found in Hokitika and Wakamarina.
At a Nelson address, a large quantity of plastic bags commonly used for the distribution of methamphetamine, with Mongrel Mob insignia printed on them were recovered.
Quantities of cash, about 1kg of dried cannabis and 24 plants, more than 9 grams of methamphetamine, a firearm, stolen computers and drug utensils have been recovered.
A total of 250 charges have been laid, which include:
- possession of class A and C drugs for supply
- conspiring to supply or deal methamphetamine
- conspiring to supply or deal class C and B drugs
- offering to supply methamphetamine
- offering to supply class B and C drugs
- possession of class B and C drugs
Young children were present at some addresses and police have made three referrals to CYF.
Further charges and arrests are likely.
Feltham said a team of police in Blenheim had put in an enormous amount of work gathering evidence about the gang's drug dealing activities and that had led further offenders being identified outside Marlborough.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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