Sofitel shooting investigation: further arrests and appeal

As stated by Detective Inspector John Sutton, NZ Police:

Police have arrested two men this morning following the ongoing investigation into recent tensions in Auckland between individuals linked to the Mongols and Head Hunters gangs.

This morning, officers from Waitemata and Auckland City CIB and the National Organised Crime Group carried out search warrants at two North Shore addresses.

A 24-year-old man, who is an associate of the Mongols gang, was charged and appeared in the Auckland District Court today to face a number of drug dealing charges relating to the supply of Methamphetamine, Ecstasy and Cocaine.

A 31-year-old man has also been charged with Possession Cannabis for Supply as a result of this morning’s warrants and was appearing in the North Shore District Court this afternoon.

Police are continuing to make enquiries and further arrests are likely.

The investigation team is also appealing to the public for sightings of Mikaere Puata-Chaney, aged 26, who is a Head Hunters gang member and has a warrant to arrest in relation to the Sofitel Hotel shooting incident.

He is known to have access to firearms and is considered dangerous and should not be approached by the public.

He has links to the Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty areas.

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