Twenty people were arrested overnight as suspects linked to drug dealing.

The arrests coincided with police terminating an operation aimed at addressing community concerns around drugs and property crime.

Operation Mantis began over a month ago and resulted last night in search warrants being executed at 10 addresses in Tauranga and Te Puke suspected of being linked to drug dealing.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said 20 people, both men and women, were arrested for serious offences relating to the dealing, supply and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.


The ages of those arrested ranged from 18 to 46.A total of 60g of methamphetamine, 710g (25 ounces) of cannabis, $5000 in cash and numerous items of stolen property were recovered.

Some of those arrested will appear in the Tauranga District Court this morning; and others over the coming days.

Police thanked members of the public for information which led to the operation.