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Seven more arrested and charged as police investigate Mongrel Mob drug sales

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police have today executed a further eight search warrants in relation to their investigation targeting the Mongrel Mob’s supply and distribution of methamphetamine in the Wellington region.

A further seven people have been arrested on nearly 30 charges, including possession of methamphetamine for supply, offering to supply methamphetamine, conspiracy to supply methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine.

Police seized approximately two more kilos of methamphetamine today, along with a loaded revolver. Further assets have also been restrained – a Mercedes car, a launch, and a container house near the Firth of Thames. The total value of assets restrained so far as a result of this investigation is approximately $2.3 million.

The hand grenade located at a property yesterday has been examined. It had been disabled and did not have explosive capability. The safes found in yesterday’s operation have now been opened. Several electronic items found in the safes will be examined by experts.

A 53-year-old man will appear in Porirua District Court this afternoon.

The remaining six people arrested – three men, aged 32, 43 and 49 and three women, aged 25, 28 and 31 – will appear in Wellington District Court this afternoon.

Police thank the residents of the communities where these search warrants were carried out for their understanding and patience as we completed our operation.

News from NZ Police – April 11
Six people have today been arrested and charged on a range of methamphetamine-related offences, following a Police investigation targeting the supply and distribution of methamphetamine in the Wellington region by members of the Porirua Mongrel Mob.

The investigation has been under way for some time and utilised a range of tactics, including the use of listening devices and the infiltration of the gang by undercover officers.

Wellington Police this morning searched a number of residential properties in Porirua and have so far uncovered approximately $400,000 cash, 10 firearms, and two stolen motorbikes estimated to be worth around $30,000.

A number of safes were also found during the searches, the contents of which are yet to be examined by Police.

Police’s Asset Recovery Unit has been assisting the investigation team and so far today has restrained $1,815,000 worth of assets, including two residential properties, thirteen vehicles, two boats, and a jet-ski.

“Today’s arrests follow a lengthy investigation by Wellington Police into the supply and distribution of a significant amount of methamphetamine – believed to be around 20 kg – in the Wellington region by members of the Porirua Mongrel Mob,” says Detective Inspector Mike Arnerich.

“According to the Drug Harm Index, which is published by the Ministry of Health, the social cost each year per kg of amphetamine-type stimulants is $1,239,000 – making the social cost of the methamphetamine supply uncovered by this investigation nearly $25 million.”

Those arrested in Wellington this morning are a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, and a 40-year-old woman.

They are scheduled to appear in the Porirua District Court this afternoon on a range of methamphetamine-related charges, including supplying a Class A drug, possession to supply a Class A drug, and conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

Two people were also arrested in Auckland this morning as part of this operation – a 48-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman. They are to appear in the Manukau District Court this afternoon.

In total, the six arrested face 52 charges between them and further charges may follow.

“This morning’s arrests will have a major impact on the supply chain in the wider Wellington region, as well as the distribution network in Auckland.”

“The monetary value of the methamphetamine supply uncovered by this investigation is significant, but the social cost of this drug to our communities is much, much higher.”

“Methamphetamine is a very harmful and highly addictive drug. We’ve shown today that Police will use everything in our power to dismantle and destroy drug dealing syndicates, and prevent the social cost methamphetamine inflicts on our families and communities.”