Armed drugs search in Ashhurst
Marijuana and meth foundJONO GALUSZKA
Neighbours of two Ashhurst properties raided by police this morning say one of the occupants had a constant stream of visitors, including many who did not even stop "long enough for a cup of tea".
Police converged on the properties at dawn to carry out search warrants, in relation to suspected drug offending.
Members of the Armed Offenders Squad searched adjacent houses on The Terrace and Oak Cres, while St John ambulance officers and firefighters waited outside.
The firefighters did set up a portable decontamination shower, typically used when people are exposed to chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, but it was not used.
The two streets were cordoned off during the raid, which involved a large number of police.
Palmerston North detective sergeant Ashley Gurney said police did not find any drug manufacturing or growing equipment, but confiscated a small amount of what they believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine.
Four people were arrested and will appear in the Palmerston North District Court next week.
Having a decontamination shower on hand was a precaution, he said.
''When police are planning these operations, we take in account any type of issue that we may face.''
All neighbours who talked to the Manawatu Standard said they suspected criminal activity was taking place at the property.
A woman who lives near the Oak Cres property, and who asked not to be named, said the house had a regular stream of visitors.
''I've seen people come and go not long enough for a cup of tea.''
A man who lived in the house drove a late-model Jaguar - which was parked in the driveway when police carried out the raid - and owned small dogs, she said.
Another neighbour said men on motorbikes would frequently make quick visits to the house.
Mr Gurney said police experienced no issues during the raid.
''It is disappointing that we find ourselves having to do this kind of work.''
Along with the dogs, there were children at the properties, he said.
He would not say if the people arrested were the parents of the children.
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