Arrests, drug seizures in Northland after police probe death of Bob Kleiman


A homicide investigation launched in Northland nearly two months ago has sparked a series of property searches, resulting in firearms and drug seizures.

Police launched the initial investigation into the death of Bob Kleiman in Onerahi on 27 October. A person is before the Court on a murder charge.

Further search warrants executed this week across Whangārei have resulted in four arrests.

“As a result we have seized a number of firearms, ammunition, a significant supply of methamphetamine, and related drug paraphernalia,” Whangārei/Kaipara area investigations manager, acting Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Pilmer, said.

“While those arrested have assisted us with our enquiries into the homicide investigation, we do not believe them to be directly linked to the alleged murder.”

He said the arrests came as part of a continued focus on targeting and disrupting unlawful behaviour by gang members and associates in Northland.

A 36-year-old male and a 29-year-old male have been charged with the possession and supply methamphetamine and the unlawful possession of a firearm.

A 28-year-old female is facing charges relating to the supply of methamphetamine.

A 50-year-old male is facing more than forty charges of the supply of methamphetamine, as well as charges relating to possession of firearms and ammunition.

All four were due to appear in the Whangārei District Court today.

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