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Auckland cops make huge gun and drug bust in Operation Turbo

An organised crime syndicate in Auckland was dealt a heavy blow on Thursday when police raided various locations as part of Operation Turbo and seized large quantities of automatic weapons and methamphetamines.


The cache of weapons, mostly AK47s and M16 rifles, was found in a Takanini home at around 4pm, while drugs were also found, and police say they will be investigating where the weapons came from.

A 37-year-old man, Shane Patrick Hannon, was arrested as part of the raid when his apartment was found to contain cash and drugs, and he appeared in court on Friday morning on various charges.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lloyd Schmid, as quoted by stuff.co.nz: “When our officers entered the apartment he’s alleged to have had a 9mm handgun next to his bed, a plastic container filled with half a kilo of freshly made methamphetamine (worth as much as $500,000) and a bag with around $150,000 in cash.”

As for the Wiri warehouse where the guns, and a meth lab, were found, Det. Schmid added: “The clan lab was very well constructed, it appeared to be set up for some time and had sophisticated surveillance equipment installed in it.

“Methamphetamine is a highly-valuable illegal drug, so with competition for market and the possibility of ‘rip offs’ there’s no doubt that firearms are a tool of trade if you’ve involved in the criminal world of manufacturing or dealing methamphetamine.

“Establishing exactly where these firearms have come from is now a priority for us, and we will make many enquiries into this over the coming days.”