Gang crackdown: Wellington police seize cars, motorbikes and a boat

A motorcycle was seized during the operation. Photo/New Zealand Police

Wellington Police seized nearly 20 vehicles belonging to gang members and associates, including cars, motorbikes and a boat.

The two-day operation targeted people with outstanding fines and warrants.

Detective Sergeant Steve Williamson said the operation was carried out alongside the Department of Justice.

A total of 17 cars, two motorcycles and a boat were seized, he said.

A boat was also seized during the operation.  Photo/New Zealand Police
A boat was also seized during the operation. Photo/New Zealand Police

“A car and a Harley Davidson have been confiscated for 28 days, and their drivers face a number of driving charges.

“The operation has given teeth to court-imposed penalties and ensures that people are held accountable for their offences.”

The seizures were made as part of Operation Nickel, which is a local attempt to target organized crime and gangs as part of the larger Operation Cobalt effort.

Before Operation Nickel, 28 vehicles had been seized in the region, including eight from Wairarapa, from the beginning of June.

Police said they have zero tolerance for any gang-related violence and criminal activity.

“The community should know that once arrests are made or these people are charged, fines and warrants are applied.”

Anyone with information can contact the police by dialing 111 if a situation unfolds or 105 afterwards.

If for any reason people do not wish to speak directly to the police they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online via www.crimestoppers-nz.org

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