17 Sep 2014

16 arrests in Manawatu police swoop

1:17 pm on 17 September 2014

Police in Manawatu have arrested 16 people after raids on properties in the region.

More than 100 properties throughout Palmerston North and the nearby towns of Ashhurst and Shannon were raided as part of the operation.

Police said the operation targetted offenders with outstanding arrest warrants and those breaching bail.

Drugs, including cannabis and methamphetamine, along with a loaded modified firearm, ammunition, and stolen property, were recovered.

Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said while work is ongoing, the operation is a major win for the community and will prevent further offending.

Those arrested face various charges including possession of methamphetamine and breach of bail.