Drug house 'should be on fire'

CALEB HARRIS
Last updated 17:42 01/04/2014
police with cannabis
SUPPLIED

ILLICIT HAUL: Police removed cannabis plants during an operation in Wairarapa.

Relevant offers

Wairarapa

Westpac small town closures leave locals feeling the bank 'doesn't care' Judge Dredd of the New Zealand bush is laying waste to rodent predators WaiBush face true test of credentials in next two heartland matches Millions of tax payer dollars spent on three Wairarapa dams based on disputed figures Police actions justified in two fatal pursuits, IPCA finds Former Wairarapa College dux to walk same halls as Byron and Darwin Out of the shadows and into the limelight for mayoral candidate Sue Fox Hayes aims to restore ratepayer confidence in political process Beautiful day gives new citizens a warm Wairarapa welcome Torrential rain hammers Wellington and Wairarapa causing slips and flooding

Dangerous amateur electrical work and a sawn-off shotgun were among police finds during a successful crackdown on cannabis and P in the Wellington region.

Police raiding  three Masterton properties found blackened, scorched meter boxes in houses poorly re-wired to get free electricity to grow cannabis, Wairarapa detective sergeant Barry Bysouth said.

Bysouth, who coordinated Wellington policing district's Operation Lucy, said electricians working with police were shocked by the risky rewiring, carried out to run the expensive heating and lighting required for indoor growing. One commented ''this house should be on fire'', he said.

''It's extremely dangerous, and for neighbouring homes as well.''

Weapons seized during the operation included a loaded, sawn-off shotgun found under a sofa at an indoor cultivation in Masterton. Indoor operations appeared to be on the increase in Wairarapa, Bysouth said.

The operation, which began last November and ran until yesterday, saw the seizure of 1272 cannabis plants as well as P, amounts of dry cannabis head prepared for sale, cannabis oil and other non-prescription drugs.

The operation focussed on Wairarapa because of its greater scope for outdoor cannabis growing, Bysouth said.

The region saw 27 addresses searched, with another six on the Kapiti coast and several in the Hutt Valley. The searches resulted in more than 20 arrests including two Wairarapa men now in custody for allegedly dealing P.

Information from the public had contributed to the operation's success and Bysouth urged people to call police if they noticed anything suspicious in their neighbourhood, such as drawn blinds, fans or lighting in sheds during in the night and odd smells.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content