Two men have appeared in Whakatāne District Court after an investigation into an alleged clandestine labratory operating at Pikowai.

Bay of Plenty Police carried out search warrants at two addresses in Settlement Road on Friday morning.

Police located cannabis, firearms and pre-cursor chemicals, during the searches. 

A 57-year-old man appeared in the Whakatane District Court on Saturday facing a number of charges, including unlawful possession of firearms,  unlawful possession of a pistol and possession of methamphetamine.

A 60-year-old man is due to appear in the Whakatane District Court on June 4 June on charges of possession of firearms and possession of cannabis.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner, Investigations Manager, Western Bay of Plenty Police, said methamphetamine causes tremendous harm in our communities.

“Police are committed to reducing that harm and holding those people to account who try to profit by spreading such harm in our communities, even during such extraordinary times as this.,” Turner said.

Anyone with information about the sale and supply of illegal substances in the community should contact their local Police station, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

As the matter is before the courts, Police are not in a position to comment further.