Hamilton men arrested in drug bust

02:45, Dec 13 2012

Two Hamilton men are among 18 arrested following a widespread drug-bust in the weekend.

A 53-year old Hamilton man will appear in the Hamilton District Court this Friday and a 40-year-old man from Hamilton - arrested in Auckland- will appear in the Manukau District Court on January 23, both facing charges related to the bust.

Operation Detroit has been in progress for over four months and resulted in two P-labs being taken out of operation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow said this was a great acheivement for Police as they have potentially prevented millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine from hitting the streets.

 "These are sweet victories in an ongoing battle against organised criminals and gangs. Methamphetamine causes nothing but misery and our communities have had a guts-full. Not only are we intent on disrupting the trade, we will take every opportunity to hit them where it hurts by having the proceeds of their criminal activity forfeited."

One clan lab was located in Tauranga last week and a second was subject to a significant fire in Katikati on Sunday (9 December) after three occupants allegedly set light to it as Police arrived at the property.

A 35-year-old man from Katikati, a 37-year-old man from Mateku and a 26-year-old woman from Tauranga are being  all jointly charged with arson and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine following the fire.

Thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine and precursors with the potential to make millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine have been recovered during the operation along with firearms, ammunition, cash and a stolen motorbike.

Three motorbikes and two vehicles have also been seized under Proceeds of Crime legislation.