Seven Head Hunters gang members and associates have been jailed for their part in a million-dollar methamphetamine ring.
Ringleader Williams Hines was jailed for 18 years and six months while his associates Travis Sadler, Peter Atkinson, Te Here Maaka, Falco Maaka, Thomas Edwardson and John Vijn were jailed for terms ranging from four to 18 years.
The sentences were handed down in the High Court at Auckland on Monday following a March trial.
The group’s arrest was the result of a police sting dubbed Operation Sylvester, carried out by detectives from the National Organised Crime Group.
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The operation saw hundreds of officers descending on properties in Auckland, Ruakaka, Huntly and Tauranga in 2015.
The seven jailed men, all of whom were Head Hunters gang members and associates, were arrested and charged with various offences relating to the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.
Further searches lead to the seizure of property, including cash, cars, boats, properties, and motorbikes worth $2.16m.
Organised crime manager Detective Superintendent Greg Williams said the gang had produced and distributed methamphetamine in a commercial operation that “preyed on the community solely for profit”.
“These sentences speak for themselves. This drug causes serious harm to our community and these offenders are going to prison for a long time because of it,” he said.
Williams said officers had spent “hundreds of hours” working on the case, which had “dealt a significant blow to the criminal fraternity”.