Second police bust nets cash, pistol and methamphetamine

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SECOND BUST: Having uncovered a clandestine meth lab at this Alexander Avenue property in February, Whakatane Police have today executed a search warrant and recovered drugs, cash and a firearm. File Photo

Like déjà vu, Whakatane Police executed a search warrant this morning at the Alexander Avenue property where a large-scale meth bust took place just two months ago.

Police notified the residents that their house was to be searched at approximately 10am, and it didn’t take long to find what they had been looking for. 

A large sum of cash, a pistol and methamphetamine were seized by police, and a 56-year-old man was taken into custody. 

The man, who already faces other drug related charges, will appear in the Whakatane District Court on Saturday facing an additional charge of supplying methamphetamine

Senior Sergeant Al Fenwick said further charges were likely to be laid.

In February, Whakatane police uncovered a clandestine methamphetamine lab,”the largest seen for quite some time”, firearms and the drug at the same address

Police also recovered hundreds of thousands of dollar’s worth of valuables in the February bust, including a ring worth upwards of $100,000.

Mr Fenwick said it was extremely worrying seeing the combination of firearms and methamphetamine within the community.

“This is a reminder that the people who are profiteering off other people’s misery will be targeted.”

Mr Fenwick added that targeting organised crime will remain one of Eastern Bay police’s priorities