Southland Police disrupt local criminal networks

A twelfth person has been arrested as part of the ongoing effort to disrupt criminal groups in the Southern District.

Last week eleven people were arrested after eight search warrants were executed in Queenstown, Invercargill and Gore, targeting organised criminal networks and serious offending.

Drugs, firearms, cash and stolen property were also seized.

Southland Police continue their efforts to disrupt and deter organised criminal groups locally, with three search warrants executed in Invercargill and Gore early this morning.

The warrants were executed with the assistance of the Armed Offenders Squad and Specialist Search Team members.

A 19-year-old man will appear in the Invercargill District Court today on a warrant to arrest.

Enquiries are continuing in relation to the three search warrants.

This follows on from the arrests last week and continues our focus on holding accountable local criminal groups and wanted individuals.

Inspector Mike Bowman says the continued efforts by local Police should send a clear message to offenders that we don't tolerate criminal activity in the Southern district.

“These warrants have been part of our continued efforts to reduce crime and harm in our communities.

“It’s pleasing to have been able to make a dent in local organised crime groups and make offenders accountable for their criminal activities, not only through the criminal justice process but also look at rehabilitation opportunities as well.

“We want to reassure the community that we will continue to do this - it's of utmost priority to ensure our community is safe and feels safe."

Police would remind the community to help us in reporting any suspicious or unusual behaviour.

If you see criminal activity or suspicious behaviour happening, please call 111.

Information can also be provided to your local Police station, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.