Arrest Made, Firearm And Cannabis Seized, Whakatāne

As put by Senior Sergeant Helen Hay, Whakatāne Response Manager:

A man has been arrested and a firearm seized following a routine vehicle stop in Whakatāne last night.

Around 11:30pm Police stopped a vehicle travelling on Paterson Place. When the officers came to the window, they smelt cannabis and subsequently searched the vehicle.

A quantity of cannabis, ammunition, a large knife, and a firearm were seized from the vehicle.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, is due to appear before the Whakatāne District Court on two charges of possessing an offensive weapon, possession of ammunition, possession of cannabis and other charges.

Police work hard to disrupt and prevent crime, especially activity with the potential to cause serious harm.

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.