No arrests were made after armed police blocked a busy residential street in Tauranga south this morning.

Residents travelling down Poike Rd were turned around by police near Sapphire St and Hollister Lane about 6.30am.

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Police have since confirmed to NZME the incident was in relation to methamphetamine dealing but no charges had been laid.


A reporter at the scene said armed police were not releasing any details but there were four to five police cars outside a house.

A police communications spokesman said the incident was a pre-planned police operation involving a search warrant.

''It's not unusual to have armed police deployed for something like this,'' he said.

''It's all planned. We aren't rushing to a special job or anything like that.''