Drug gear and cash in Paeroa raid

Police searches turned up cash and drug paraphernalia in Paeroa properties this morning, but no drugs were found and no arrests were made.

Waikato armed offenders squad members supported officers from across the district to search four addresses as part of a continuing operation, crime services co-ordinator Detective Senior Sergeant Nigel Keall said.

"The properties visited by police were all searched in relation to alleged links to the possession and supply of methamphetamine," he said.

"A large amount of cash and what appears to be items linked to the distribution of methamphetamine were recovered, however no drugs were found and no arrests have been made."

Police would continue their investigation of alleged illicit drug activities and were working to find the rightful owner of property found at the addresses, he said.

The armed offenders squad members were called use their specialist skills in the "potentially at-risk" situation.

"Too often when we conduct searches of properties linked to the illicit drugs trade we encounter illegally held firearms," Keall said.

The squad secured properties before search teams entered and their presence helped protect the officers and the public, Keall said.

Keall said the public could help police while they made follow-up inquiries.

Anyone who saw suspicious behaviour or had information on suspected drug activity should contact their nearest police station.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Waikato Times