Police have seized 20,000 ecstasy pills and millions of dollars worth of property in a series of raids across Auckland, targetting what police call a “significant commercial operation”.
The pills were known as “pink Porsche” and emblazoned with the logo of the luxury German car manufacturer, police said.
Porsche and Ferrari cars were among millions of dollars of assets detained, along with a large quantity of drugs and illegal firearms.
A number of people will appear in court in Auckland facing a raft of charges in relation to the importation, production and supply of illegal drugs including MDMA, or ecstasy.
On Thursday, police said 26 people had been arrested as part of a major police sting called Operation Cincinnati. Police carried out 34 search warrants throughout the Auckland region, including in the suburbs of Kohimarama, St John, Auckland Central, Remuera, Kumeu and Westmere.
Seventeen people have been charged with participating in an organised criminal group between January 2019 and October 2020 by dealing in controlled drugs and with the objective of obtaining material benefits.
National Organised Crime Group’s Acting Detective Inspector John Brunton said police seized 3kg of MDMA powder, 3kg of ephedrine, quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs.
About $500,000 in cash was located during the search warrants, along with a number illegal firearms, including three pistols.
Two shotguns and ammunition were also found.
Police also seized a number of assets and eight luxury vehicles, including a 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista, worth more than $630,000 and a 2020 Porsche 911 Coupe, worth over $230,000.
A 2019 Audi Q8, two Ford Ranger Raptors, a Range Rover Sport and two Harley-Davidson motorbikes were also restrained.