Senior members of the Mongrel Mob, Head Hunters and Comancheros gangs have been arrested in a massive police operation targeting organised crime.
All up, the New Zealand arm of the operation, codenamed Operation Trojan Shield, netted 35 people across the North Island, who are facing 900 charges.
They have been accused of drug dealing and money laundering and will appear in courts in Auckland and Hamilton on Tuesday.
Right on cue, just after a damning investigation into the feckless leadership inside the organised crime unit, Jacinda manages to squeeze Australia for some FBI intel to help counter the 501 syndicate crime spree Scott Morrison has unleashed upon NZ.
One of the problems NZ has had in tackling the 501s has been that America wants information on South American cartels. The 501s have Cartel contacts for meth that is cheaper and purer than the domestic gangs can access so the intelligence was going up to the NSA rather than being actionable in NZ.
This was a tad problematic as most NZ taxpayers would expect actionable intel against dangerous meth dealers rather than that information being simply passed along to the Americans.
So after complaining we had access to a sting operation run by the FBI to con organized crime syndicates into believing they had an encryption system Police couldn’t hack when in reality they were reading in real time.
The actual amount of drugs and cash seized in NZ suggests we’ve been thrown the off cuts of that intel. $1million in cash has been found and 9kgs of meth, but seeing as NZers spend $1.4m on meth each day and consume 16kg of meth a week, this is pretty small fry.
This is more to look like something is being done rather than actually dealing with the why it’s happening.
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