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Operation Cobalt: Three men arrested in Masterton, drugs and firearms seized

Three men are before the courts after being arrested in Masterton as part of Operation Cobalt.

The men were arrested following a series of search warrants in the area on Wednesday 17 May and Thursday 18 May.

The arrests involved members of the Armed Offenders Squad, and CIB.

Four grams of methamphetamine worth approximately $1,400 and over 700 grams of cannabis were seized from addresses across Wairarapa, along with three firearms which included a loaded shotgun

A 27-year-old man is due to reappear in Masterton District Court Thursday 25 May on charges of receiving property and possession of cannabis for supply.

A 46-year-old man has appeared in Masterton District Court on charges of possessing methamphetamine.

A 30-year-old man has appeared in Masterton District court on drug-related charges.

Further charges are being considered.

‘These warrants are an example of the ongoing work being carried out as part of Operation Cobalt across New Zealand, targeting illegal activity by gang members and their associates,’ said Acting Detective Sergeant Corey Reid, Precision Targeting Team.

‘Wairarapa Police are committed to early intervention into gang activity and focused on enforcement when there is illegal activity.

‘Deploying armed police in our communities is not a decision we take lightly but gangs, drugs and firearms are a dangerous mix.

‘We are pleased to have made these seizures and will continue to work hard to keep our communities safe.

‘We’ll maintain a visible policing approach to disrupt unlawful activity and hold offenders to account.

‘Our aim is to reduce the prevalence of this sort of behaviour, and those who are choosing to engage themselves in this type of activity should expect to come to our attention.’

If you have any concerns about suspicious activity in your neighbourhood please contact Police on 105, or 111 if there is an immediate danger.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously though Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Source:NZ Police

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