Police rip 38 dope plants from riverbank

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 17:26 01/02/2013
Waikanae dope
KAPITI OBSERVER

Hello officer: Detective Constable Doug Nuku of Kapiti Police peers out from cannabis plants found beside a river in Reikorangi.

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A public tip-off has seen Kapiti police rip out a crop of 38 cannabis plants growing in jiffy pots on a riverbank in Reikorangi, near Waikanae.

Detectives from the Kapiti drug squad recovered the plants on Friday afternoon after the tip-off from a member of the community who was in the area.

Detective Matt Campbell said the plants growing in the pots were more than 1.80m tall; cloned from a ''mother plant'' before being planted in fertiliser along the bank. 

Jiffy pots are biodegradable and allow plants to be transferred without being taken from the pot. Roots eventually grow through the pot as it decomposes.

He said the plants were not in the budding stage yet but were very healthy and soon, with the reduction in daylight, would have begun to flower.

''Someone is potentially going to be upset at us ripping out their plants, however bad luck for them. At least they have only lost their plants unlike others that lose a lot more when dealing in controlled drugs.''

He said police are planning a ''cannabis recovery scouting day'' where local spots where cannabis has been recovered previously will be checked for new crops.

Mr Campbell said police always welcomed calls from members of the community with information on drugs,as well as calls to the the confidential crimestoppers line 0800555111.

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