Trio with alleged gang links remanded

Two men and a woman with alleged connections to the King Cobra gang have been charged with firearm offences after a police armed offenders squad raid on a house in New Brighton last week.

Liam Kimi Henry-Tikao, 25, and Ariana Buchanan, 22, were granted registrar’s remands at the Christchurch Court House today, and did not need to appear in court.

The registrar remanded both on bail to appear again on September 26. Henry-Tikao faces charges of unlawful possession of a 9mm revolver and ammunition, and Buchanan is charged with unlawful possession of ammunition. They entered no pleas.

Last week, Levi Cheyenne Dronsfield, a 24-year-old labourer, was remanded on bail to September 21, on charges of selling cannabis, and unlawful possession of a revolver and ammunition. He also entered no pleas.

According to the court documents, all three live at the same New Brighton address.

Police raided a New Brighton property on August 31 and said they had arrested three people with King Cobra gang connections. They said the gang had recently started operating in the city.


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