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Drugs, weapons seized from alleged gang associate


Police have seized up to $300,000 worth of P and firearms from an alleged Hells Angels associate.

Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ) detective senior sergeant Lloyd Schmid said the man was found with 18g of methamphetamine after his vehicle was stopped and searched by Armed Offenders Squad members in Albany, north Auckland, yesterday.

His house was then searched and a further 300g of the drug, which sells for up to $1000 per gram, was found. A Glock handgun, a 357 Magnum revolver, two .22 calibre rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, five Tasers, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were also seized.

Schmid said OFCANZ was "making inquiries into the use of these firearms in other serious crimes".

"The arrest and seizure was an excellent result," he said.

"Any drug dealer in possession of firearms puts both police and the community at risk."

An unemployed Waitoki man appeared in the North Shore District Court today, charged with possession of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine and supplying methamphetamine.

He was also charged with unlawful possession of two .22 calibre rifles, unlawful possession of a Glock handgun, unlawful possession of five taser stun guns and unlawful possession of  ammunition.

He was remanded in custody and will reappear in court next month.


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