13 Feb 2020

Police arrest 17 over two months in Southland gang crackdown

11:18 am on 13 February 2020

Police targeting gangs in the deep south have made 17 arrests and recovered a "significant amount" of stolen goods since December.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Southern District Police said they had carried out more than 12 searches in Dunedin, Gore and Invercargill in that time.

Those arrested faced charges including possession of class-A controlled drugs, receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.

Police said many of the arrested people had strong gang connections.

They also impounded four vehicles, and seized "a significant amount" of stolen items including trades tools.

Acting District Commander Darryl Sweeney said it was only the beginning of their strategy to disrupt gangs and prevent young people from joining.

He said the goal was to stop organised crime across the entire district.