A police operation in Whananaki and later in Whangārei netted a trio of Black Power gang members and two high calibre firearms yesterday.
Northland detective inspector Bridget Doell said police executed search warrants in Whananaki and Whangārei to locate the three men – Hiko Komene, 24, Israel Orani, 32, and Tawhia Hughes, 31 – wanted by police regarding outstanding matters.
"Several firearms were recovered by police during searches of the properties and all three men are facing charges relating to unlawfully possessing firearms."
They appeared in the Whangārei District Court today on firearm and ammunition charges. Komene and Orani were charged separately with resisting arrest.
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Komene had active warrants for multiple offences that included vehicle theft and burglary.
He was located an address in Otangarei yesterday afternoon alongside Orani, who was wanted for breaching parole recall condition.
And Hughes was located in Whananaki.