A Nelson man, on the run from police investigating an Auckland drugs ring, was arrested in the early hours of this morning.

Terry Jones, 44, was caught around 4am, after the Armed Offenders Squad and Nelson CIB stormed the motel he was hiding out in.

He had been wanted by police for seven weeks in relation to police Operation Genoa - a lengthy investigation into the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine in the Auckland region.

A substantial amount of drugs, believed to be methamphetamine, was also found in the motel room where Jones was arrested this morning. A man and woman were also arrested in connection to the drugs.


"Jones has been the subject of wide national publicity generated by police and we are confident that his arrest will have an impact in decreasing the supply, use and associated social carnage in our district methamphetamine so often cause," Detective Sergeant Chris Roberts of Nelson police CIB said.

"The successful result of this operation has come about through a steady stream of information provided by the public for which we are extremely grateful."

Jones will appear in the Nelson District Court on Monday on charges related to the drugs found in his motel room, as well as other charges related to the discovery of a portable clandestine laboratory and methamphetamine in a Nelson secure lock-up unit on May 7, police said.