Four people have been arrested following the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory in an isolated rural property on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The arrests came after two police officers travelling on the 309 Road, south west of Whitianga late yesterday afternoon noticed a woman astride a quad-bike and a man in a utility in the driveway of a supposedly unoccupied rural property.
“The pair claimed to be at the property checking security but then the male, who had gotten out of his vehicle to speak to the officers, ran back to the utility and was seen throwing an object out the window,” said Detective Sergeant Dave Grace.
“A subsequent search established the object thrown was a jar containing methamphetamine and the officers also located a .22 pistol, some scales, close to $5000 in cash and a meth pipe.”
Mr Grace said the man and woman were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply and unlawful possession of a firearm.
“The officers decided they had better check the property was secure and when they reached the house they were surprised to find two men inside operating a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.
The two men were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Mr Grace said the isolated property was secured by an armed offenders squad overnight while an Auckland-based methamphetamine team cleared the property today.
The group will appear in court again tomorrow.