Further arrests in police investigation into Comanchero motorcycle gang
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/112112116/-

2019-04-17 04:19:11

Three more people have been arrested as part of a police investigation into the Comanchero motorcycle gang.

One, a 34-year-old patched gang member, will appear at Auckland District Court on Wednesday on drugs and money laundering charges.

On Tuesday, the other man, a 40-year-old accountant, entered a not guilty plea to money laundering and drugs charges when he appeared in court.

The accountant was targeted as one of two alleged "professional facilitators" during a police blitz on suspected Comanchero Motorcycle Gang members.

On Wednesday, detective senior sergeant Mark Greene of the Waikato police said a 28-year-old male associate of the gang had been arrested in relation to an aggravated robbery in Mount Maunganui in 2018.

He was arrested in Auckland and charged with aggravated robbery and assaulting police.

A 43-year-old woman was also arrested at the Auckland address and would appear in court on unrelated drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine, Greene said.

More than 80 police staff, including the Armed Offenders Squad, dog squad and a specialist search group, last week executed search warrants at 10 Auckland properties in the second phase of the investigation, known as Operation Nova.

The operation resulted in multiple arrests and the seizure of around $4 million in assets including two residential properties, $100,000 in cash, a loaded pistol, Harley-Davidson motorbikes, three Range Rovers and a Rolls-Royce.

On Tuesday, a 48-year-old man appeared on charges relating to the importation of methamphetamine.

A 37-year-old woman appeared soon after on charges related to money laundering and importing methamphetamine.

Both were granted bail and interim name suppression.

A 40-year-old New Zealander, arrested in Sydney with the help of Australian Federal Police, is yet to appear in court.

A number of people also arrested following the raids appeared in court last week.

National Organised Crime Group's Detective Inspector Paul Newman said police were committed to ensuring organised crime groups did not flourish in this country.

"We are also determined to hold the professionals, who are being increasingly relied on by gangs to hide the origin of their drug money, to account."

Police have said they can not rule out further charges or arrests.

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