A national methamphetamine bust has led to two arrests in the Central District.
During the past few days, more than 100 police have been involved in Operation Nebraska, which has carried out 20 searches in an effort to crack down on drug offending.
Twenty-three people were arrested nationwide, including a 26-year-old man in Feilding and a 48-year-old man from Eketahuna.
The Eketahuna man's property has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and he has been charged with supplying class A drug methamphetamine.
The Feilding man has been charged with supplying class B drug ecstasy.
Both men have appeared in the Palmerston North District Court and have been remanded to reappear in the Wellington District Court.
Searches targeted properties in Wellington, Canterbury, Bay of Plenty and Eastern police districts, culminating in the arrest of 14 men and nine women aged between 21 and 61.
The police asset recovery unit has seized assets valued at more than $1,875,000, which includes four properties, a boat, five vehicles and $230,000 held in bank accounts.
The alleged offenders will be appearing in courts across the country on serious drug dealing, money laundering and fraud-related charges.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch of the Wellington Drugs and Organised Crime squad said the operation followed the successful interception and seizing of $2 million of methamphetamine last week.
"We are sending a clear message to these people that if you are going to derive your income from drug activity that harms our communities, we will be using all the legislation available to disrupt that behaviour and seize those assets," Mr Leitch said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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