A 33-year-old Mongrel Mob member has been arrested after Police executed two search warrants in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday.
Sergeant Neil Baker said CHB Police, along with staff from Hawke’s Bay and the Armed Offenders Squad executed the warrants at local Waipukurau addresses.
He said the warrants were in relation to the distribution of methamphetamine in the region.
The arrested man will appear in the Hastings District Court next week.
Mr Baker said yesterday’s arrest follows on from warrants executed last week in Te Hauke, where a 60-year-old male was remanded in custody on methamphetamine charges after a large quantity was recovered.
He said Police will continue to do all they can to disrupt and target the methamphetamine trade in Central Hawke’s Bay.
Crews have been out checking local roads this morning following further rain overnight.
Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive Doug Tate said there was surface flooding reported in the Elsthorpe area, and that HBRC staff had been out since 4am checking on river levels.
He said with more rain forecast today, some quite heavy, people should “take care”.
Any roading issues can be called in to the Council, 24 hours, on 857 8060.
Overnight authorities advised people to avoid unnecessary travel and are still asking people to stay away from rivers, and to limit water use to help relieve pressure on networks.
An Orange Heavy Rain Warning is in place for the region.
Metservice has issued the warning for the Ruahine Range and areas of Hawke’s Bay from State Highway 5 southwards through until 12am Sunday.
Heavy falls of rain are expected from this morning through until Saturday night.
Forecasters expect 220 to 280mm of rain about the Ruahine Range, and 100 – 150mm about the coastal hills of Central Hawke’s Bay to fall in addition to rain that has already fallen.
Metservice says lesser amounts are expected elsewhere, and to expect peak rates of 10 to 20mm/hr.
State Highway 2 south of Dannevirke reopened about 6.30 this morning following a crash between two trucks overnight.
Waka Kotahi said the highway was closed between Laws Road and Maharahara Road just after 2am due to the accident.
Detours were put in place, and one person was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Meanwhile State Highway 5 – the Napier-Taupo Road and State Highway 2 from Napier to Wairoa are both closed this morning due to the weather.
Waka Kotahi said in an update early this morning there were slips and flooding on SH5, and flooding on SH2 from Napier to Wairoa.
The Central Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools Interschool Cross Country at Lake Station has been called off again today.
Flemington School Principal Phil Bourke said a new date is being worked on for the event.