More cannabis seized
Tararua police have continued their mission against the "scourge" of marijuana growers in Dannevirke.
Police from Dannevirke, Pongaroa and Norsewood raided a Swinburne St property yesterday morning.
They found nine cannabis plants, all about one metre tall, growing in a shed. Heat shields, lamps and extractor fans were in the shed to help the plants grow. About 190 grams of cannabis material, along with drug utensils were also found.
A 36-year-old man is to appear in Dannevirke District Court on September 13 on three cannabis-related charges.
It was the seventh raid within 10 months in the town. Pongaroa senior Constable David Kirk said the public was providing a lot of information about drug growers.
"The people of Tararua have had a gutsful of the scourge of drugs."
Despite the raids making a dent, Mr Kirk said there was still a lot of work to be done.
"No sooner have we nailed one person, another one crops up.
"Be prepared for that inevitable knock on the door."
In the past 10 months, more than 1300 plants have been seized from properties around Dannevirke.
The last raid before yesterday's was on August 21, when 65 plants and 2.5 kilograms of dried cannabis were found.
One of the larger raids, on October 28 last year, netted 864 plants from a garage on Otope Rd.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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