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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Statement to be attributed to Otago Coastal Acting Area Commander Inspector James Ure:

Southern District Police executed two search warrants in Oamaru today, which saw the location and seizure of cannabis and one person arrested.

One of the warrants was executed at a Mongrel Mob-linked residential property.

A 32-year-old Mongrel Mob gang member was taken into custody and will face drug-related charges.

Today’s arrest was a really good result for Police and should serve as a clear message that Police will continue to work to hold gang members to account.

Organised crime causes significant harm in the community, is instrumental in the drug supply that drives violence, drug addiction and the entry into the court system for vulnerable youth.

Police will not tolerate such behaviour, and nor should the community.

Today’s warrants were led by Oamaru Investigations staff, supported by the Oamaru Tactical Crime Unit, and Armed Offenders Squad.

We continue to encourage members of the public with information or concerns that can assist Police to come forward.

This information can be provided through the Police 105 number, or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre

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