Guns and methamphetamine were recovered in Tuesday morning’s raids in Masterton. PHOTOS/ SUPPLIED
Several guns and methamphetamine destined for the streets have been seized by the police.
Police and Armed Offenders Squad personnel executed search warrants on addresses in Dee Pl and Grant Cr at 5.30am on Tuesday.
A man and woman were jointly charged with unlawful possession of firearms and possession of methamphetamine for supply when they appeared in Masterton District Court on Tuesday. Their bail has been opposed.
Approximately six grammes of meth with an estimated street value of $6000, and three .22 guns – two of them loaded – were recovered by police.
One was a modified pistol, the other two were cut down semi-automatic rifles.
Police say the rifles had been professionally threaded, allowing a silencer to be attached. Police also found ammunition, methamphetamine, cash and stolen tools.
No silencer was recovered during the searches and police are seeking information as to who may have cut down the rifle barrels.
The raids come after an investigation into two shootings, one in Colombo Rd where a man was shot in the leg and the second relating to an unoccupied parked vehicle which was damaged last weekend.
Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth said police will not tolerate weapons being held by those who would misuse them and cause harm in the community by carrying them.
“These firearms are easily capable of causing serious injury – it will be reassuring for our community to know these three weapons are now off the streets.
“The search warrants and results attained today (Tuesday) were due to the tenacity and diligence of the investigating staff who worked hard to prevent further offending and harm taking place.
“We will work hard, with the assistance of the public to act on any information we receive and take fast and appropriate action to prevent further offending.”