Hamilton Police are crediting the prevention value of their anywhere any time approach to stopping vehicles after the occupants of a car stopped during a routine enquiry were found in possession of firearms and what is believed to be methamphetamine.
City Tactical Coordinator, Senior Sergeant Freda Grace, says a Police dog handler on a routine patrol noticed a vehicle of interest being driven by a woman on Maeroa Road about 10.50am on Thursday.
"The officer pulled the Subaru Legacy station wagon over to speak to the driver but became concerned about the demeanour of the male front seat passenger.
"This 27-year-old man is known to have links to organised criminal groups and as a result of his behaviour he was arrested for obstruction. A subsequent search of the car uncovered four .22cal rifles in the boot of the car and 194 rounds of ammunition."
Freda says the 25-year-old female driver was found in possession of five point bags of what is believed to be methamphetamine.
"Both occupants of the car were arrested and the man is facing charges in relation to possession of the firearms and ammunition which we believe was stolen while the woman faces drugs charges.
"Investigators face a challenge in locating the legitimate owners of the firearms and want to hear from anyone who may have had .22cal firearms stolen. This incident is a timely reminder of the benefits of such initiatives as Operation SNAP where owners of valuables such as firearms can photograph them and record their serial numbers on an independent database."
Freda says Wednesday morning’s arrests not only prevented people being harmed by illicit drugs it also prevented potential harm from people misusing illegally obtained firearms.
"Offenders need to realise they face the likelihood of encountering Police officers out on our roads at any time and at any place which is one of our most potent deterrents."
Source: Waikato Police.