Police find drug operations
Whangarei police investigating a burglary ring say they stumbled across two drug operations this week.
Police raided five Whangarei properties on Tuesday, targeting a group believed to be involved in an organised burglary and car-theft ring.
As well as recovering stolen property, police said they found a methamphetamine laboratory at an Onerahi address and in central Whangarei they discovered 300 marijuana plants being grown under lights indoors.
Police said they recovered a large amount of stolen property including kayaks, cameras, four vehicles, jewellery, clothing, marine equipment, diving gear and horse saddles.
Three men and two women appeared in the Whangarei District Court yesterday charged with burglary, cultivating cannabis, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of cannabis for supply of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine precursors, theft and motor-vehicle theft.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dene Begbie said police were working with recent victims of burglaries to return the stolen property.