Press Release – New Zealand Police
Five men have been arrested after Rotorua Police executed a number of search warrants in Kaingaroa early on Wednesday 12 October.Search warrants lead to five arrests in Kaingaroa
Five men have been arrested after Rotorua Police executed a number of search warrants in Kaingaroa early on Wednesday 12 October.
A number of firearms and quantities of ammunition were located, along with some small amounts of drugs and related chemicals. (Please see attached photo of firearms recovered).
Four of the five men have been released on bail and are due to appear in the Rotorua District Court on Monday. One of the men was remanded in custody and was to appear in the Rotorua District Court yesterday. The five are facing a range of firearm and drug charges, with one of the men also facing charges of obstructing and assaulting Police.
The Rotorua Area Commander, Inspector Bruce Horne, says Wednesday’s Police operation was in response to concerns from local residents about drug offending in their community. He says Police have already received positive feedback from the community about yesterday’s operation.
“It is very apparent to us this community that has had enough of organised drug activity in their neighbourhoods and the impact that has been having on their families and they are standing up and doing something about it.
“The harmful consequences of drugs are wide-reaching and go far beyond the individual user, often translating into other areas of crime such as burglary, serious violence and intimidation.
“The discovery of a number of firearms during this operation is a concern. The presence of firearms in these situations poses a significant safety risk to both Police and the community, particularly when the people in possession of those weapons are associated with organised crime and the manufacture and distribution of drugs. Among the weapons seized were a high powered semi-automatic rifle and pump action shotgun.
“Police have an important enforcement and education role to play in reducing the criminal harm of drugs, but we also work very closely with key partners such as health agencies, Iwi and community groups to reduce the potential for drug-related harm.
“We cannot solve this problem alone, and members of the community play a critical role in helping us make their communities safe.
“If people see anything suspicious, or suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, please contact local Police. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through the independent Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.
“Together, we can all make a difference.”