Police seize 46000 cannabis plants – 3News NZ

More than 46,000 cannabis plants have been seized by Northland police during Operation Lucy, an annual crime and cannabis operation.

A total of 46,224 cannabis plants were seized along with 37 grams of methamphetamine, 40 firearms, $10,525 cash and stolen property, including a motorbike worth $4000 and a trailer worth $9000.

One of the larger hauls came from indoor cannabis farm in Taipa that contained 526 plants and was estimated to be making $2 million a year.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke says information received through Crimestoppers led to the police locating large cannabis growing operations.

“It is encouraging to see the public contacting police or calling Crimestoppers when they notice suspicious activity or have information about illicit drug operations,” says Det Insp Burke. “This is about the public taking a stand and helping police to reduce crime and stop these drugs harming the community.”

Ninety-two people were arrested and are facing a range of drugs charges.

A 44-year-old man has appeared in the Kaitaia District Court on charges of cultivating cannabis, possession for supply of cannabis and possession of equipment for cultivating cannabis in relation to the Taipa raid.

Det Insp Burke says locating the commercial cannabis operation at Taipa will put a large dent in the illicit drug trade.

He says cannabis causes serious harm to the community, particularly young people as it affects their developing brains.

Det Insp Burke says this year’s crime and cannabis operation involved a number of police staff from across the district.

Road police began monitoring areas that were not frequently visited and picked up 10 high-risk drivers and issued 409 tickets.

“So as well as ridding Northland of several thousand cannabis plants and holding more than 90 offenders to account, police were highly visible and making the community safer in a number of ways.”

3 News

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