28 Oct 2009

Gang target of major drug bust

2:44 pm on 28 October 2009

A new anti-organised crime agency has made its first major drugs bust, cracking down on a gang operation in the upper North Island.

Coordinated by the Organised and Financial Crime agency, the operation involved more than 100 personnel from a number of government agencies.

The agency says members and associates of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Gang were subject to search warrants and arrests on Wednesday morning as a result of a series of raids carried out in Northland.

Warrants and arrests were also carried out in Auckland.

The agency says the operation is ongoing. About 14 people are expected to be arrested by the time it is complete.

They will face 160 charges relating to selling, supplying and conspiracy to supply and manufacture methamphetamine.

The operation involves half a dozen agencies, including police, Customs, the Department of Corrections and the Serious Fraud Office.