December 10, 2023

‘Satisfying result’: Police arrest Northland man, seize drugs, cash, firearm

Northland Police officers were visiting a property on Johnston Road, Kawakawa, to check out alleged drug dealing, when they arrested the 48-year-old Kawakawa man.

Northland Police have arrested a man and seized drugs, cash, and a firearm following a search warrant at a Kawakawa property.

Mid-north officers carried out a search warrant on Johnston Road on Tuesday, where they arrested a 48-year-old.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kevan Verry said Police were looking into alleged drug dealing at the Black Power-linked address, and it was a “satisfying result.”

“Our staff have recovered a pump action shotgun, ammunition, and more than $3000 in cash,” he said.

One kilogram of methamphetamine and a “small amount” of cannabis were also seized.

The arrest comes as part of Operation Cobalt, which is Police’s attempt to target illegal gang activity in rural Northland communities.

Det Snr Sgt Verry said he and his team prevented more than “$1.1 million in social harm.”

Northland Police are committed to disrupting illegal activity in the region, he said, as “methamphetamine continues to be destructive for our rural communities.”

Information from the public is vital for investigations and they encourage the public to report any illegal behaviour to them, he said.

The man is set to appear in the Kaikohe District Court on Wednesday to face several charges relating to possession of a firearm, ammunition, and drugs.

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