Police sniff out garage drug crop

Police checking on a woman's welfare near Bulls made an unexpected discovery on the weekend in the form of a sizeable cannabis operation.

Feilding police visited a property on State Highway 1 between Bulls and Sanson on Saturday night for what Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson described as a "welfare check".

Once at the property the officers detected a strong smell of cannabis coming from the garage, Thompson said.

"A search has found a number of cannabis plants growing in indoor growing tents," he said.

There were between 100 and 200 plants at various stages of growth, he said.

"From our perspective, our inquiry at the address has resulted in a significant find.

"Had those plants been allowed to grow to full maturity and yielded, there would have been a substantial amount of cannabis on the street."

A 27-year-old male connected to the address was arrested and will appear in the Palmerston North District Court today on a charge of cultivating cannabis.

"During a further search of a related property, police located a loaded, cut down, .22 rifle," Thompson said.

As a result the man will also appear on a charge of possessing a pistol, because of the sawn-off nature of the weapon.

Manawatu Standard