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Suspects busted over stolen vehicle, drug possession

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Two people are facing charges over an incident that began in Highbrook this morning. File photo supplied

Two people are facing a raft of charges after allegedly stealing a car and being caught in possession of illegal drugs.

Counties Manukau East Police area prevention manager, Inspector Rakana Cook, says the incident began just before 2am today, October 27.

Officers were made aware of a vehicle of interest travelling north on State Highway 1 before exiting at Highbrook in east Auckland, he says.

The vehicle was seen travelling in tandem with another vehicle. Both failed to stop when signalled by police.

“No pursuit was initiated,” Cook says.

“Instead [the] Eagle [helicopter] has then continued to track both vehicles and provided commentary to staff on the ground.

“The vehicles were followed to an address on Ti Rakau Drive, where the occupants from both vehicles got out and entered a premises.

“Police have approached the premises and have taken two people into custody.

“Police work tirelessly to combat crime across our district and I’d like to acknowledge their efforts and the assistance from Eagle to hold these offenders to account.”

Cook says a 21-year-old woman will appear in the Manukau District Court today charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, driving without a license, and possession of methamphetamine.

A 33-year-old man charged with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle will also appear in Manukau District Court today.

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