AOS motel raid snares drug ring

CHARLES ANDERSON
Last updated 12:43 29/06/2014
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OPERATION GENOA: Police believe they uncovered a partnership between the Red Devils and the Head Hunters.

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Police have arrested a former gang member at a Nelson motel this morning as part of a two month operation to shut down a multi million-dollar methamphetamine ring.

The armed offenders squad and criminal investigation bureau ended the operation at 4am this morning when when Terry Jones was found with a substantial amount of what is believed to be methamphetamine at a local motel.

As part of the nationwide drug bust dubbed Operation Genoa, 100 grams of methamphetamine and 2.4 kilograms of ephedrine were found in a Nelson storage unit that was registered in the name of an Auckland suspect on May 5.

Eight suspects, including a Nelson woman, were arrested in Auckland.

Drugs, cash and assets worth more than $12 million were seized.

Police believe a former Jones, a Red Devils gang member, had been working with the Auckland-based Head Hunters outlaw motorcycle gang to continue to manufacture and supply methamphetamine.

Police were looking for 44-year-old Jones in connection with their inquiries.

He was on bail and due to reappear in court in July to face 28 charges, including the supply and sale of methamphetamine.

Jones was previously sentenced in the High Court at Christchurch on blackmail charges.

Detective sergeant Chris Roberts of Nelson said Jones had been the subject of wide national publicity generated by police.

"We are confident that his arrest will have an impact in decreasing the supply, use and associated social carnage in our district methamphetamine so often causes". 

Another male and a female who were also apprehended at the motel face charges in relation to this drug find, Roberts said.

"The successful result of this operation has come about through a steady stream of information provided by the public for which we are extremely grateful." 

Jones will appear in the Nelson District Court tomorrow to face charges in relation to find along with other charges that relate to the discovery of the portable clandestine laboratory and methamphetamine.

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