In addition to the seizure of drugs, the 14 clandestine laboratories located also produce expensive chemicals and equipment related to methamphetamine and $ 1.2 million in cash.
More than $ 4.4 million in criminal proceeds has been forfeited, said the police, who are mostly related to drug crimes. Another $ 2 million is withheld and must be investigated further before being forfeited.
Police said they had observed the coronavirus protocol even while carrying out massive drug destruction such as Operation Nestegg, which witnessed five arrests and confiscation of cash, meth and weapons in Auckland and Tokoroa earlier this month.
Shortly before the shift from the 4th to 3rd alert level, the police issued a stern warning to gang members who violated Government regulations.
Waikato Police Detective Sergeant Andrew Saunders said there had been several incidents during the last week of level 4 locking where gang members had violated government or legal restrictions.
“Our message to selected people who do not believe the rules apply clearly – if we continue to find you openly violating restrictions and laws, you will be arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
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