Police have arrested three men and seized meth, cannabis and firearms in an operation involving members of the armed offenders squad and the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).
On Wednesday and Thursday last week police carried out search warrants across Wairarapa which seized four grams of meth and over 700 grams of cannabis, along with three firearms including a loaded shotgun.
A 27-year-old man is due to reappear in Masterton District Court on charges of receiving property and possession of cannabis for supply.
A 46-year-old man has appeared in Masterton District Court on charges of possessing methamphetamine.
A 30-year-old man has appeared in Masterton District Court on drug-related charges.
Further charges are being considered.
Acting Detective Sergeant Corey Reid from the precision targeting team said the warrants were part of Operation Cobalt targeting illegal activity by gang members and their associates.
“Deploying armed police in our communities is not a decision we take lightly but gangs, drugs and firearms are a dangerous mix,” he said in a statement on Monday.
“We’ll maintain a visible policing approach to disrupt unlawful activity and hold offenders to account.”
If you have any concerns about suspicious activity in your neighbourhood please contact Police on 105, or 111 if there is an immediate danger.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.