Drugs, guns and cash seized from Bay gang

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Bay police have seized $506,000 worth of methamphetamine, four firearms, including a loaded pistol, $128,000 in cash and found a house which had allegedly been converted into a cannabis growing operation as part of year long investigation targeting the Head Hunters.

Police across the Bay of Plenty today executed a number of search warrants in the conclusion of a year long investigation targeting the Head Hunters motorcycle gang, a written police media statement said.

Search warrants were used in Tauranga and Opotiki and resulted in four people being arrested.

The four would face a range of serious charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act in relation to dealing in the Class A controlled drug, methamphetamine, and charges in relation to commercial cannabis cultivation.

Police said they could not rule out further arrests being made in relation to this investigation.


Detective Senior Sergeant John Wilson of the Bay of Plenty Police said the investigation had targeted a small group allegedly involved in dealing in significant amounts of methamphetamine in the Bay of Plenty.

"All those in the group are either patched members of the Head Hunters or are associated to that gang.

"Make no mistake, methamphetamine is a scourge, and peddling this misery is all about organised crime and making money.

"The damage that this drug does to our communities is immense, and operations like this one targeting those who would seek to make money from the addictions and misfortunes of others sends a clear signal that crime, in the end, does not pay," he said.

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