5 Sep 2018

Three more arrested in race-fixing investigation

7:18 pm on 5 September 2018

Three more people have been arrested as part of an investigation into race-fixing in the harness racing industry.

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The men - aged 30, 42 and 49 - were due to appear in Christchurch District Court today on multiple drug-related charges.

One is also facing a charge of unlawful possession of a restricted weapon.

Seven people were arrested earlier this morning after a number of property raids yesterday.

The seven people faced a raft of charges, ranging from possessing and supplying Class B drugs drugs to match-fixing.

The recent arrests bring the number of people charged in Operation Inca to 10.

Operation Inca is the National Organised Crime Group investigation into corruption in harness racing.

Today's arrests were the result of a further six search warrants conducted in Christchurch this morning, taking the total number of search warrants to 17, police said.

Two men have appeared in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon in relation to the race-fixing scandal.

Police said they have not ruled out widening their investigation.

Meanwhile the Racing Integrity Unit has banned those who have been charged by the police.

The unit said they can no longer enter a race course to attend race meetings, workouts or trials.

It has also charged them with serious offences under the Rules of Harness Racing.