Two Māori, a 34-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, will appear in the Kaikohe District Court today charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of equipment, manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession for supply of methamphetamine.
Following a search warrant, Police located a methamphetamine laboratory on a Matarua Road address near Kaikohe yesterday.
The lab was active at the time when Police arrested the 34-year-old man and 22-year-old woman. While Police were at the address, another man also of Māori ethnicity, aged 38 years, turned up and was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of utensils for methamphetamine.
The Clan Lab from Auckland today have carried out a further search and scene examination of the property. So far, Police have found over 351 grams of methamphetamine, 492 grams of pseudoephedrine, money, a V8 Audi car, a stolen RAV4 vehicle, and two shotguns.
Police have concluded the lab is associated with the Rebels Motorcycle Gang.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Miller said, “This drug causes significant amount of harm in our communities and we are doing everything it can to stop it being manufactured and distributed.”
Mr Miller would like public to continue helping in stopping illicit drugs getting out to the community by coming through anonymously through the Crimestoppers line.
Anyone who has information about the growing, manufacture or supply of methamphetamine, cannabis and any other illicit drug can contact their local police station or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.