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Multiple arrests have been made in Wairoa as part of an Eastern District police-organised crime unit operation targeting methamphetamine supply.

More than 60 police officers, including the Wellington Asset Recovery Unit, the National Organised Crime Group and Specialist Search Group, assisted in the operation to search eight Wairoa properties.

“There have been eight arrests, including four women aged between 29 and 42 and four men aged between 30 and 60,” Detective Inspector Brent Greville said.

It is alleged the group have been selling high volumes of methamphetamine in Wairoa.

“The group has strong links to the local Mongrel Mob gang and one of the men arrested is a patched member,” he said.

Police have restrained property worth over $1 million under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act.

“This includes seven residential properties and six vehicles including late model utilities, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a jet ski and an excavator.

The search warrants executed resulted in the location and seize a large quantity of cash and methamphetamine, along with two firearms.

“The termination of this operation will cause a significant disruption to the supply of methamphetamine in the Wairoa community and will ultimately prevent the ongoing harm associated with this insidious drug,” Det Insp Greville said. “It should send a clear warning to those who deal drugs in our communities that police will continue to target you, and you will be prosecuted.”

Those arrested were to appear in the Gisborne District Court today on charges including supplying methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for supply and possession of cannabis for supply.

Det Insp Greville said further arrests were likely.