Meth lab shut down, gang members arrested in police crackdown

Source: 1News

An Auckland meth lab has been shut down and gang members arrested as part of police's ongoing Operation Cobalt.

Guns and ammo and a Rebels jacket seized as part of Operation Cobalt.

Police have arrested five people across Auckland after recent search warrants at different locations.

"Police recovered eight firearms, ammunition, a stolen vehicle, around four grams of methamphetamine, just under $10,000 cash and a fully functioning methamphetamine laboratory with evidence of previous manufacture," police said in a statement today.

It also outlines the charges laid against those arrested.

"A 46-year-old man has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, and appeared in the Waitakere District Court.

"A 44-year-old male, who is a patched Head Hunters member, was charged with unlawful possession of a pistol and ammunition and has appeared in the Auckland District Court."

A 40-year-old male, 39-year-old female and 50-year-old male have all been charged with a number of offences, including manufacturing methamphetamine, and seven charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.

"The 40-year-old male was additionally charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

"He is a patched member of the Rebels MC, while the female is a Rebels associate.

"All three are due to appear in the Waitakere District Court today," police said.

The final alleged offender is a 35-year-old man who is a Mongrel Mob member.

"He was charged with burglary in relation to commercial burglary in June of this year."

Police say further charges may be laid.