Media Releases

Police shut down Auckland drug dealing network
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - 3:03pm
National Organised Crime Group Police in Auckland have today shut down a large network of cocaine and methamphetamine dealing in the city, concluding a three-phased investigation that has been running over several months.

Three arrested in Otaki search warrants
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - 9:41am
Quantities of methamphetamine, GBL and cannabis, and approximately $90,000 in cash, have been seized during drug raids in Otaki.

Complex investigation into organised meth supply ends with arrest
Friday, 5 August 2016 - 4:41pm
Detectives have concluded an investigation into organised methamphetamine distribution in the Manawatu area.

Wellington Police seize $1.7 million from methamphetamine dealers
Thursday, 7 July 2016 - 9:52am
Wellington National Organised Crime Group detectives have exposed a methamphetamine supply ring in Wellington and restrained approximately $1.7 million in houses, vehicles and bank accounts from drug criminals today.

Police release new images of man wanted to identify and locate in cocaine investigation
Monday, 4 July 2016 - 4:03pm
Police investigating the record seizure of cocaine found in a diamante horse-head are still looking to speak with a man captured on CCTV footage leaving a central Auckland hotel.

Police seeking to identify man as investigation into record cocaine-seizure continues
Sunday, 3 July 2016 - 4:49pm
Police investigating the record seizure of cocaine found in a diamante horse head would like to identify and speak to the man pictured.

Two arrested in NZ's largest-ever cocaine seizure found hidden inside diamante-horse sculpture
Saturday, 2 July 2016 - 10:05am
A joint Customs and Police investigation has resulted in the largest-ever seizure of cocaine in New Zealand, worth an estimated street value of $14 million NZ dollars.

Update on Northland methamphetamine investigation
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 3:56pm
Statement to be attributed to Detective Superintendent Virginia Le Bas, National Manager, Organised Crime

Last week's synthetics operation largest in NZ
Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 4:29pm
Last week’s large scale operation by Canterbury Police in relation to synthetic drugs has resulted in the largest recorded seizure of psychoactive substances in New Zealand of 173 kilograms.

Three men charged after largest-ever seizure of ephedrine in joint Police & Customs investigation
Friday, 13 May 2016 - 3:32pm
A joint Customs and Police investigation has resulted in the largest-ever seizure of ephedrine in New Zealand, which had the potential to make up to $150 million of meth.

Methamphetamine and illegal cash seized in Auckland organised crime operation
Friday, 6 May 2016 - 9:29am
Police have seized large amounts of methamphetamine and nearly $400,000 of cash in a major operation into organised crime in Auckland City.

Senior Head Hunters member arrested and charged
Thursday, 21 April 2016 - 4:35pm
Police have today arrested and charged a 59 year-old man in relation to possession for supply of methamphetamine.

Police seek owners of Star Wars figurines
Thursday, 31 March 2016 - 4:40pm 
The Police organised crime team are hoping to identify the rightful owners of a sizeable collection of Star Wars figurines and other collectable figurines that were seized during operation Flyer in the Wellington Region this month.

Cash and chemicals found hidden in tyres during multiple search warrants
Thursday, 31 March 2016 - 4:11pm
A total of 18 people have now been arrested and charged as part of a large-scale Police operation across parts of the Upper North Island.

Update operation Flyer Wellington - initial charges laid
Thursday, 17 March 2016 - 1:07pm
Police working on operation Flyer have this morning seized cannabis, methamphetamine, cash, and vehicles including cars, motorbikes and jet skis from nine addresses in Upper Hutt, Titahi Bay, Paekakariki and the Wairarapa.

Gang-related methamphetamine operation in Wellington region today
Thursday, 17 March 2016 - 10:44am
This morning Police are searching nine properties across the Wellington region for evidence of methamphetamine production and supply, and money laundering involving the Head Hunters gang.

Police find large number of firearms in ceiling of Takanini house as part of organised crime operation
Friday, 11 March 2016 - 7:31am
Police have found a large number of firearms, including military-assault type weapons in the ceiling of a Takanini house, as well as an elaborate methamphetamine production set-up in a South Auckland warehouse, including a secret room.

Police seize 19 Kilograms of ephedrine with estimated street value in excess of $2 million dollars
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - 10:49am
The Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) has seized 19 Kilograms of ephedrine with a current estimated street value of in excess of $2 million dollars.

Northland Police operation targets Head Hunters gang and meth
Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 11:42am
Early this morning police carried out search warrants around Whangarei as part of an operation targeting the Head Hunters gang and methamphetamine.

Operation Sylvester Update and Media Advisory
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 12:47pm
Seven people are expected to appear in the Auckland District Court this afternoon, as part of a major operation targeting the criminal activities of the Head Hunters gang. A further three people who have also been charged as part of Operation Sylvester are current inmates at Mt Eden Corrections Facility and will appear in court at a later date.

At least 10 people detained as major operation continues across Auckland
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 9:23am
At least 10 people have been detained and are now speaking with Police as a major operation targeting the criminal activities of the Head Hunters gang continues this morning.

Major operation targeting the criminal activities of the Head Hunters gang underway across Auckland
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 7:10am
Police can confirm that a major Police operation targeting the criminal activities of the Head Hunters gang is currently underway across greater Auckland, and in parts of the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Northland.

Police and Customs seize $123 million of methamphetamine during dual drug operations
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 11:32pm
Detectives from the Police's Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ), working together with Customs, have seized 123 kilograms of methamphetamine during two successful pan-Auckland drug operations.

Meritorious Service Medal presented to Police recipients
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 3:32pm
Three New Zealand Police staff have been honoured today - receiving the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for exceptional service, commitment and achievement to Police and communities throughout New Zealand.

Arrest warrant issued for Whangarei methamphetamine suspect
Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 8:59am
Police are seeking the public’s help to locate Jaydean Hura who has a warrant for his arrest in relation to charges involving the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

$22 million of methamphetamine seized at Auckland airport
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 - 12:56pm
New Zealand Customs and Police have intercepted 22.6 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in the cargo of an international flight that arrived in New Zealand from Taiwan.

Police seize drugs, guns and cash in multiple raids on Headhunter meth labs
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 1:25pm 
Thirty-eight Headhunter Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG), members, made up of patched, prospects and associates are facing methamphetamine related charges following the termination of four investigations in the upper North Island over the course of 2014.

Police seize over $10 million worth of drugs, cash and assets
Friday, 14 November 2014 - 9:16am 
Police have seized $4.5 million worth of methamphetamine, $2.8 million in cash, five residential properties and three high valued motor vehicles during Operation Roller.

Police seek public’s help to find convicted drug dealers
Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 1:42pm
Police are seeking information as to the whereabouts of Zebulin Mario Davoren who yesterday was found guilty of 31 charges including multiple counts of manufacturing and supplying methamphetamine.

Steroids loom as risk for NZ teens by Blair Ensor and Talia Shadwell 
Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 9:41am 
The world’s leading anti-doping watchdog has warned Kiwi teens could become victims of an unbridled illegal steroid market as the criminal underworld takes advantage of the country’s weak laws.

Police seek help from the public to locate Christian Alcalde 
Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 10:27am 
The Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) is seeking information as to the whereabouts of Cristian Dario Alcalde, a 42 year old Iranian who has absconded. Alcalde was residing in Henderson until 8 August 2014 when he left his e-bail address.

Northland methamphetamine dealer sentenced to 19 years in jail 
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 11:26am 
An unemployed Northland man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison following the termination of Operation Enzone.

Police continue to build pressure on the Headhunters Outlaw Motorcycle Gang
Friday, 11 July 2014 - 2:27pm
Three patched Head Hunter Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) members and an associate have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery following the conclusion of a successful Police covert operation.

Police arrest eight Highway 61 gang members and associates as drug bust continues
Friday, 27 June 2014 - 1:25pm
Police have arrested an additional eight suspects as part of their on-going crackdown on the Wellington drug trade.

Police operation reveals rival Wellington gangs working together to supply methamphetamine
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 3:51pm
Police operation reveals rival Wellington gangs working together to supply methamphetamine trade in the Wellington region.

Police shut down Head Hunter led drug ring (IMAGE ATTACHED)
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 9:54am
Police arrested eight suspects yesterday following the termination of a lengthy investigation into the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine in the Auckland region.

Four Taiwanese visitors charged with 11 kilo methamphetamine importation
Friday, 11 April 2014 - 2:36pm
Detectives from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ) working alongside Customs Officers have arrested three men and a woman in relation to the importation and supply of over 11 kilos of crystal methamphetamine. All four people are visitors to NZ from Taiwan.

Chinese anti-narcotics delegation visit
Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 2:53pm
This week’s visit to Auckland and Wellington by a Chinese police anti-narcotics and forensic drug testing delegation is further evidence of the increasing cooperation with China to combat precursor chemicals and drugs coming to New Zealand.

$3.3 million worth of methamphetamine concealed in skincare and shampoo bottles (IMAGES ATTACHED)
Friday, 21 March 2014 - 2:32pm
A joint operation involving the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), Customs and Police, has intercepted 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in skincare and shampoo bottles posted from Hong Kong to New Zealand.

Police seek public’s help to find fifth Brazilian suspect (IMAGE ATTACHED)
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 12:19pm
Detectives from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) are appealing to the public for assistance to locate a fifth Brazilian man in connection with the seizure of 2.5kilograms of cocaine on Friday.

2.5 kilograms of cocaine discovered in suitcases
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 7:06pm
Detectives from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ), working together with Customs Officers and Police, have arrested and charged four people with serious drug importation and supply offences following the termination of Operation Grenoble.

264 kilograms of drugs discovered in shipping container
Monday, 16 December 2013 - 11:15am
Intelligence gathered during Operation Ghost has led detectives from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), working alongside Customs Officers, to intercept a significant consignment of ContacNT and ephedrine.

Nigerian led methamphetamine syndicate shutdown
Friday, 13 December 2013 - 9:08am
The Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) are warning the public to remain wary of online scams after a 68 year-old New Zealander was recruited by a drug ring led by Nigerian expatriates.

Police seize over $120 million in drugs and assets during record breaking operation
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 2:15pm
The New Zealand Police and the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) have seized over 330 kilograms of the Class B drug ContacNT in the biggest haul of its kind in New Zealand history.

Convicted Whangamata drug dealer loses battle to save assets
Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 8:54am
Police are celebrating another asset recovery victory following a profit forfeiture order of $1.6 million over assets previously owned by Waihi drug dealer Scott Warren Filer.

Motorcycle Gang Unit search warrant successful with number of firearms seized
Friday, 8 November 2013 - 2:38pm
Detectives from the Organised & Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ), yesterday seized six firearms, ammunition and a late model Holden utility following the successful execution of a search warrant at an Onehunga based storage facility.

Major drug operation nets 23 arrests and thousands of pills
Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 10:40am
More than 100 Police Officers, with support from OFCANZ, were part of a major Police operation that executed more than 20 search warrants in Wellington, Canterbury, Bay of Plenty, Eastern and Central Police Districts over the last two days.

Arrest over fatal dog attack
Friday, 30 August 2013 - 11:50am
Waitematā Police have charged a 52 year-old man in relation to the dog attack in which 31 year-old Chloe Mathewson was killed.

Outcome of police investigation into GCSB intercepts
Thursday, 29 August 2013 - 4:26pm
Police has determined that no criminal charges will be laid against any person regarding the allegation that GCSB unlawfully intercepted the communications of Mr Kim Dotcom.

Operation Maggie termination today - organised crime
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 - 1:05pm
Police have today terminated Operation Maggie, an organised crime operation that began as a result of a number of shootings that have occurred throughout the greater Auckland area.  This violence occurred within the criminal community, a result of organised crime activity.

Police seize imitation assault rifles and machine guns during gang raid
Thursday, 8 August 2013 - 11:25am
The Organised Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ) has recovered four military style imitation firearms while searching the home of a member of the Hells Angels Nomad Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in Auckland.

Police shut down Porirua drug dealing operation
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 - 11:01am
Police from the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) together with multiple Wellington District Police teams seized $2.5 million worth of property, a shotgun and air rifles in a...... 

Nine arrested in drug supply ring
Wednesday, 5 June 2013 – 12.01pm
Investigators from the Auckland office of the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) have arrested and charged 9 people with offences relating to the supply of the Class A... 

Drug, guns and cash seized by Motorcycle Gang Unit
Thursday, 18 April 2013 – 11.57am
The OFCANZ, Auckland Motorcycle Gang Unit yesterday seized over 300 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of between $128,400 and $300,000, firearms and thousands of dollars in... 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
MEDIA STATEMENT March 20, 2013 Two unemployed Auckland residents, a 23 year-old man and a 30 year-old woman, will appear in the Manukau District Court today charged with Importing and Possession... 

Another cannabis grow house found on Auckland's North Shore
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 – 4:36pm
Police and staff from the Organised Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) are examining another property believed to have been used as a cannabis grow-house on Auckland's North Shore. This... 

Canadian methamphetamine trail leads to cannabis grow houses in Auckland
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 – 11:28am
A joint operation between the Organised Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) and other agencies has busted a methamphetamine importing syndicate in New Zealand and Canada and shut a number of... 

Information about meth ring associate needed
Thursday, 22 November 2012 – 11.31am
On Tuesday November 13, 12 search warrants were executed in Auckland, Whangarei, two in Herekino, 26km from Kaitaia and one in Pukepoto, 6km from Kaitaia. Police teams found $154,000 cash and $300,...

Nine arrested, cash and drugs seized
Thursday, 15 November 2012 – 2:54pm
Nine people have been arrested, $154,000 in cash and $300,000 worth of methamphetamine were found after the Organised & Financial Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) and Police executed warrants in... 

Designer drug ring identified
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 – 1.34pm
A sophisticated syndicate of designer drug dealers has been shut down today after an OFCANZ investigation involving Police and Customs. Arrests have been made in Auckland and Napier and further are... 

Combined trans-Tasman operation closes down cocaine syndicate
Wednesday, 7 March 2012 – 2:29pm
A joint operation by the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service, and the Australian and New Zealand Customs services,... 

Search at Dotcom Mansion ends
Saturday, 21 January 2012 – 12.15pm
The search of 186 Mahoenui Road in Coatsville, Auckland finished just before midnight last night, concluding the work required there by Police and the Organised & Financial Crime Agency New... 

Media conference: NZ arrests in U.S. led copyright infringement investigation
Friday, 20 January 2012 – 10:41am
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald will hold a media conference at the North Shore Policing Centre, 52 Parkway Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland at 1.00pm today. Please assemble at the ground floor... 

New Zealand arrests in US led global copyright infringement investigation of and related sites.
Friday, 20 January 2012 – 10.25am
Four people have been arrested in the Auckland area today as part of an operation led by the US Department of Justice targeting large scale criminal copyright infringement and money laundering around... 

Cocaine trail leads to end of the road for importing syndicate
Monday, 19 December 2011 – 3.24pm
An OFCANZ led operation staffed by Police and Customs has disrupted a cocaine importing syndicate into New Zealand. Auckland Customs staff seized a 3.7 kilo haul of cocaine at the border last week.... 

Hells Angels Gang get wake up call from Police
Wednesday, 2 November 2011 – 10.57am
Nine men have been arrested on firearms charges this morning after Police carried out simultaneous warrants on a number of Auckland properties. Five of the men are members of the Hells Angels... 

Tauranga pair arrested on drug importation and dealing charges
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 – 9.59pm
A 44 year old Tauranga man and his 24 year old daughter have been arrested and charged with drug importation and drug dealing offences after the Armed Offenders Squad executed a search warrant at a... 

OFCANZ targets illegal debt collection by gangs
Friday, 2 September 2011 – 12:07pm
Four men, including three Hells Angels gang members, have been arrested in Auckland in an operation to target unlawful debt collection. Two warrants were executed at addresses in Helensville, one in...

Rebels gang dealt another blow
Thursday, 1 September 2011 – 4.44pm
Every known patched member of the Rebels gang in Taranaki has been locked up today in another wave of police attention on organised crime. For the second time District Police, in conjunction with... 

Gang celebrations disrupted.
Sunday, 3 July 2011 – 2.48pm
This weekend's 50th anniversary celebrations by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Gang were disrupted as part of a planned operation to prevent offending by the gang. Detective Inspector Grant Wormald of... 

Enforcement agencies end 18 month operation today
Friday, 11 March 2011 – 3:37pm
An operation by OFCANZ and Tasman District Police ended with an early morning raid on the Red Devil gang headquarters in Nelson today. By early afternoon 15 members of the gang or their associates... 

Operation Explorer ongoing in Nelson today
Friday, 11 March 2011 – 11.44am
Police in Nelson have completed 20 search warrants on properties in the top of the South Island this morning, including the headquarters of the Red Devils gang. Fifteen people have been arrested,... 

Police give criminals early wake-up call
Friday, 11 March 2011 – 9.10am
Police in Tasman District have today coordinated a major operation aimed at halting the activities of the puppet gang for the Hells Angels, the Red Devils. The operation has involved in excess of... 

"Would-be" Rebels dealt swift blow yesterday
Friday, 11 February 2011 – 6.17am
Rebel gang members trying to gain a foothold in New Zealand were dealt a severe blow yesterday with a number of them arrested and charged in a series of raids around the North Island. Detective... 

Drugs & gangs - we're onto it
Thursday, 10 February 2011
A major operation in Central District today shows three things.   First, the obscene profits gangs are making out of other people's misery.   Second, and more sinister, it shows gangs are prepared to... 

Rebels not welcome here
Friday, 28 January 2011 – 1:35pm
Australia's largest outlaw motorcycle gang is trying to set up shop in New Zealand but enforcement agencies here say they are actively working to ensure the gang does not get a foothold and intend to... 

Police release Organised Crime Strategy
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 – 12.50pm
Police have today publicly released their strategy for tackling organised crime. Commissioner Howard Broad said organised criminals were suffering at the hands of a consistent, coordinated and multi-... 

Police want intelligence-savvy community
Thursday, 23 September 2010 – 11.47am
A multi-agency organised crime assessment released to the public today by OFCANZ was put together by the Police National Intelligence Centre (NIC) which became operational last year. Deputy... 

Organised Crime in New Zealand - Global threat, local impact.
Thursday, 23 September 2010 – 11:14am
The Organised & Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) has today released the 2010 Organised Crime Assessment for New Zealand. The Organised Crime Assessment, prepared by the New Zealand... 

Organised crime pulled out at the roots
Thursday, 22 July 2010
New Zealand will not be seen as a soft touch for organised crime.   We have strong structures in place to fight crime networks, and the successful termination of Operation Acacia over the last week... 

Organised Crime Agency makes king hit on Organised Crime
Thursday, 22 July 2010 – 1:11pm
Director of the Organised and Financial Crime Agency NZ (OFCANZ), Malcolm Burgess says the agency has made a significant hit on organised crime over the last week. A year long operation codenamed... 

Organised Crime Agency busts multi-million dollar money laundering operation
Thursday, 22 July 2010 – 1:04pm
OFCANZ investigators have swooped on a financial exchange business operating in downtown Auckland in an early morning raid today seizing large amounts of cash, freezing the operating accounts of the... 

OFCANZ Busts Multi-million dollar Money Laundering Operation - Media Advisory
Thursday, 22 July 2010 – 10:37am
Media are invited to a press conference today at 1pm regarding developments in Operation Acacia. This follows on from last week's seizure of $5 million of Methamphetamine. There will be opportunities... 

Five Million Dollars worth of Methamphetamine seized in Asian Organised Crime Bust
Friday, 16 July 2010 – 4.16pm
An Asian Organised Crime Ring has been busted today after the termination of a year long operation by the Organised and Financial Crime Agency NZ (OFCANZ) and Auckland Metro Crime and Operations... 

Organised crime networks in our sights
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Dealing with organised crime is a major growth area in policing right now.   We are targeting crime networks that manufacture or sell methamphetamine. These networks have potential to create massive... 

Scammers pass themselves off as law enforcement agency
Tuesday, 2 March 2010 – 2:18pm
Nigerian-based scammers have attempted to pass themselves off as representatives of NZ's Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ). The email scam has come to light just as Police and other... 

New director of OFCANZ appointed
Monday, 9 November 2009 – 10:44am
Detective Superintendent Malcolm Burgess has been provisionally appointed as the Director of the Organised & Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ). Commissioner Howard Broad says Mr... 

Potent strike against organised crime
Thursday, 29 October 2009
It was fantastic to hear about the successful termination of Operation Abyss in Northland.   This was the first strike against organised crime led by a group known as OFCANZ - the Organised &... 

OFCANZ leads its first strike against organised crime 
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 – 10:50am
The Organised & Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) terminated the operational phase of its first taskforce today. In a series of raids carried out in Northland this morning, members of... 

Tackling Gangs
Friday, 16 October 2009 – 2.07pm
Knowing more and having the tools to do more are the keys to getting on top of gangs in New Zealand say Police. The combination of new legislation and better tools within our organisation will ensure... 

Police welcome new crime agency & powers
Wednesday, 2 April 2008 – 12.47pm
Police have welcomed the release of the Government's organised crime strategy with detailed proposals on the establishment of an organised crime agency.NZ Police Deputy Commissioner Operations Rob...