Road Knight gang drug bust

Drugs street value $160k

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 15:02 28/11/2013
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Invercargill police hold a press conference relating to drug bust Operation Crimson.

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Southern Area Commander Inspector Lane Todd and Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis at a press conference in Invercargill this afternoon.
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Some of the cash seized by police during Operation Crimson.
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Some of the cash and firearms seized by police during Operation Crimson.
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The Road Knights Headquarters in Invercargill. Police executed a search warrant at the property this morning.

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LATEST: Southern police have smashed a Road Knight Gang drug operation after searching properties in Invercargill, Alexandra, Roxburgh and Moa Creek.

At a press conference in Invercargill this afternoon police said 17 people had been arrested and a total of 195 charges had been laid representing 450 offences.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said: ''As part of Operation Crimson police have identified a crime family who are integral to the operation and structure of the Road Knights Gang. This is a family who appear to have made a substantial living from the proceeds of illegal activities.''

The drugs included Class A, B and C drug dealing charges and possession of firearms and cannabis cultivation charges.

Also seized was $38,000 in cash, large quantities of drugs including cannabis, BZPs and ecstasy analogues.

The total street value of the drugs taken during the operation is estimated at $160,000.

Operation Crimson executed 14 search warrants as they ended a 10-month drug operation targeting the Invercargill-based Road Knights Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

People arrested included people aged from 22 to 78 (10 men and seven women).Police say the large proportion of those arrested are linked to Road Knights.

The majority of those arrested are appearing in the Invercargill District Court this afternoon.

As part of Operation Crimson, police in a joint operation with Customs in July and August, intercepted 1kg of pentedrone and analogue of ecstasy with a street value in excess of $125k.

The Road Knights Outlaw Motorcycle Gang is the dominant gang based in Invercargill and has been operating there since 1986.

Eleven people appeared in the Invercargill District Court this afternoon facing several drugs-related charges. All were given interim name suppression and remanded on bail without plea until January 28.

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