Police raid Road Knights headquarters

Last updated 05:00 23/04/2011
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MARK HOTTON/Southland Times
BUSTED: An Invercargill Armed Offenders Squad member stands guard outside the Road Knights headquarters in Invercargill.

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Armed police stormed a gang headquarters in south Invercargill this week and they are warning of more to come.

A large contingent of police, including the armed offenders squad, a dog handler and detectives from CIB, swarmed the Road Knights headquarters on Balmoral Dr, south Invercargill, about 8am on Thursday.

Officer-in-charge Detective Donald Ward, of Invercargill CIB, said the search was linked to another raid, at Taramoa, 15km northwest of Invercargill last Friday, when police lifted the lid on a P, or methamphetamine, lab and arrested two men.

One of that duo has strong links to the Road Knights gang.

The search of the premises, which was completed about 10.30am, was targeting stolen property and a warrant had been obtained accordingly, Mr Ward said.

However, when "some drugs" were found police had special powers permitting them to search further, he said.

Three members of the gang, two men and a woman, were staying at the property when police arrived and were initially handcuffed, using plasti-cuffs, before later being released.

The search included the headquarters itself, which was still being renovated and rebuilt after it was torched by members of the Mongrel Mob in June 2008, a building serving as a temporary base next door and a garage on the property.

No arrests were made, but Mr Ward promised more searches were likely.

"There will be further searches aimed at people of interest [to police] in future."

Armed offenders squad head Sergeant John Harris said because of the possible links with the Taramoa search, the squad was deployed because it was standard procedure with clandestine, or P, labs.

The fact an arsenal of firearms was also found at the last search meant police were not taking any risks, he said.

"And the fact it's a gang pad, AOS would normally be involved," Mr Harris said yesterday.

"We execute the warrant and make the property safe for follow-on staff."

The two men arrested following the P lab bust last week are facing several indictably laid charges.

Shane Deane Adams, 36, and Michael Lyndsay Grant, 33, appeared in the Invercargill District Court on Tuesday jointly facing seven charges.

They are a charge of methamphetamine manufacture, five charges of possessing chemicals used to make methamphetamine and a charge of possession of equipment used for methamphetamine manufacture between April 1 and 15.

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Both were remanded in custody, without plea, to reappear in court on May 3.

- The Southland Times


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