20 May 2011

Gang member arrested on drug charges

12:47 pm on 20 May 2011

Police in Whangarei have arrested a member of a new chapter of the Rebels Motorcycle gang and charged him with drug offences.

The man, 31, was stopped at a routine checkpoint in the suburb of Onerahi on Wednesday.

Police say he was drinking from a can of bourbon and the car smelled of cannabis.

The man fled on foot, followed by a police dog and handler - who found three bags of methamphetamine in the bush.

Police say a search of the car found $16,000 in cash.

The accused will appear in the Whangarei District Court next week.