Police have seized more than $2.4 million in cash, as an investigation continues to shed light on the activities of a trans-national organised crime group operating in New Zealand.
The National Organised Crime Group investigation, named Operation Samson, continues to investigate people and entities connected to the New Zealand chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Throughout the last week Police executed a series of search warrants at several residential and commercial addresses across Auckland.
As a result, Police seized over $2.4 million cash, a firearm, methamphetamine and cannabis.
A 30-year-old patched member of the Hells Angels has been charged with money laundering and has appeared in the Auckland District Court.
Detective Inspector Albie Alexander, of the National Organised Crime Group, says this type of offending undermines the wellbeing of our communities.
“We will continue to target those who accumulate assets and wealth through illegal means.”
“In conjunction with Operation Cobalt, we will also continue to target and suppress illegal gang activity in order to enhance the safety of our community and staff – and hold those responsible for this type of offending, to account.”
Detective Inspector Alexander acknowledges the outstanding work done by the investigation team and the assistance of our partner agencies in New Zealand and overseas in this operation.
“We are all committed to disrupting and dismantling these illegal trans-national networks operating in New Zealand.”
The investigation is ongoing, and Police cannot rule out further arrests and charges being laid.