Three police raids were conducted in Hamilton this morning after a number of burglaries and thefts believed to be linked to drug use and addiction.
Detective Sergeant Mark James, of the Hamilton police crime investigation unit, said two warrants were executed at Kenna Avenue and another at Eversley Street.
Four men were arrested, they are in custody assisting police and at least three are likely to appear in the Hamilton Magistrates Court later this afternoon for bail/remand hearings.
Detective Sergeant James said three people were arrested at one address in Kenna Avenue:
- A 23-year-old man on warrants and he is being charged with drug offences,
- A 25-year-old man for breaching bail and for drug offences, and
- And a 45-year-old man for theft.
At Eversley Street police found a small amount of ice, a significant quantity of cannabis and suspected stolen property.
A 42-year-old man was arrested at the Eversley Street property.
Detective Sergeant James said the raids were conducted in response to an increase in burglaries and thefts in the Hamilton district.
"We believe those crimes are being driven by drug addiction," he said.
"Police are keen to hear from anyone with information about related drug offending and associated offences. Either contact the Hamilton police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."
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