Police have arrested three more people, including a New Zealander in Sydney, following last week’s raids on the Comanchero gang and its associates in Auckland.
Six people were arrested and about $4 million worth of assets seized as search warrants were carried out at 10 properties across the Auckland region last Thursday.
Two residential properties, several high-end vehicles, including a number of Range Rovers, Harley Davidson motorcycles and a Rolls Royce, along with a total of $100,000 in cash and two firearms were also seized in those raids.
Police have now disclosed that on Friday, a 40-year-old New Zealand national was arrested in Sydney with the help of Australian Federal Police.
He faces a number of drug and money laundering related charges and New Zealand Police will be seeking his extradition.
And this morning, two further search warrants were carried out in Auckland as part of the operation, dubbed Operation Nova.
A 37-year-old woman was arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine and money laundering, while a 48-year-old man was arrested and charged with importing methamphetamine.
Both are due to appear in the Auckland District Court.
Police say Operation Nova has targeted senior members of the Comanchero gang, as well as a number of professionals believed to be linked to the alleged offending.
Detective Inspector Paul Newman of the National Organised Crime Group says inquiries are continuing.
“We cannot rule out further arrests or charges.”