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Three People Arrested As Police Tackle Ongoing Gang Conflict

Three people have been arrested as Police continue to assess ongoing gang conflict in the Eastern Bay.


Offensive weapons were also located by Police in Whakatane and Ōpōtiki.


Police conducted six traffic stops on Friday night and and searched an address on Saturday morning using the Criminal Activity Intervention Legislation (CAIL) Act 2023.


"One person was arrested in Whakatane after they were sighted with a firearm, offensive weapons were also located in the vehicle," says Senior Sergeant Tristan Murray, Acting Area Commander Eastern Bay of Plenty.


Charges are being considered.


A 40-year-old gang member from Auckland was also arrested in Ōpōtiki and is due to appear in the Ōpōtiki District Court on Thursday.


"He has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and possession of drug utensils." Murray says.


A youth was also arrested for cannabis supply and will be referred to Youth Services.


Police say they will continue to take all necessary measures to stamp out this behaviour and hold offenders to account. Police will also maintain a highly visible presence in the area.


Police encourage members of the public to share information on anyone illegally possessing firearms and weapons with Police.


Information can be shared anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.



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