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Police seize firearm from vehicle in Flat Bush

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This handgun was allegedly recovered from inside a vehicle stopped in Flat Bush. Photo supplied

Police have seized firearms and impounded vehicles as part of an ongoing crackdown on gang activity.

Detective inspector Aaron Proctor says frontline officers with Counties Manukau East Police recently stopped a vehicle of interest in Flat Bush.

“Police have conducted a search of the vehicle and located a revolver and ammunition inside,” he says.

“This has led Operation Cobalt staff to conduct a further search warrant at a nearby Flat Bush address.

“A sawn-off shotgun and cartridges have since been recovered by Operation Cobalt staff following enquiries at this address.”

Proctor says charges have been laid over the discoveries.

The stopped vehicle’s 36-year-old passenger, a patched King Cobras gang member, has been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The man has also been charged over unrelated driving offences, Proctor says.

The vehicle’s 27-year-old driver is facing charges over unrelated offending.

Police have also impounded three late-model European vehicles.

“This is a great example of police staff working together to achieve the aims of Operation Cobalt in targeting unlawful activity,” Proctor says.

“While there is a team of dedicated Operation Cobalt staff across the country, it also involves a whole-of-police approach to suppressing and disrupting this illegal activity.”

Proctor says enquiries are ongoing into the original firearms incident, where a firearm was reportedly presented from one of the impounded vehicles in the Otara area earlier this month.

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