Five people have been arrested after a number of search warrants were executed in the Taihape area.

The first warrant was executed by members of the armed offenders squad and resulted in a 29-year-old man being arrested on domestic and firearms related charges.

He was due to appear in the Whanganui District Court yesterday.

Central District Police also executed search warrants in the wider Taihape area and arrested four people on drugs and firearms offences. The arrests include a 36-year-old woman for procuring/possessing drugs; a 38-year-old woman for cannabis offences; a 27-year-old woman charged with possessing a firearm without a licence; and a 32-year-old man for possessing a firearm without a licence, cultivating cannabis, and possessing a needle or syringe for drugs. All four were due to appear in the Taihape District Court yesterday.

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Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong said it was great further drugs and firearms had been removed from the community. Police urge people with information on illegal drug use and firearms to contact their local station.