Statement to be attributed to Superintendent Greg Williams, National Organised Crime Group:
A further three search warrants targeting the Mongols motorcycle gang were carried out in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty today.
Eighteen search warrants have now been conducted over the past two days as part of the final phase of Operation Silk.
As a result, a total of 17 people, ranging in age from 19 to 66, face 263 charges.
A further three loaded AK47 and two MSSA (military-style semi-automatic) firearms were located. This brings the total number of firearms seized over the past two days to 13. One of the firearms seized yesterday can now be confirmed as an MP38 submachine gun.
The three people arrested today face charges including: participating in an organised crime group, unlawful possession of firearms and conspiracy to deal methamphetamine. They will appear in the Tauranga District Court today.
Police anticipate there will be further arrests made in relation to Operation Silk.