Gang member found after eight months

Last updated 20:59 28/12/2013

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A Waikato gang member who was on the run from police for eight months was forced to come out of hiding this afternoon.

Police officers went to a Huntly address this afternoon following a prolonged investigation aimed at locating the 32-year-old man.

"This man was wanted on six warrants to arrest relating to 15 charges of drugs, driving and breach of bail offences," said Sergeant Andrew Brosnan.

"When officers arrived at the address the occupants denied all knowledge of the offender's whereabouts but a short time later he was found hiding in a closet and arrested."

Brosnan said the arrest spoke volumes about the value of not giving up and staying focused on the objective of removing a man, who posed significant risk to the community, from the streets.

"There is also a lesson to be learned for those who seek to aid fugitives on the run from authorities," he said.

A woman from the address where the man was found is likely to face charges and police said they hoped it would deter others from harbouring wanted criminals.

"They may be able to run, but New Zealand is too small a place to hide indefinitely," Brosnan said.

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