Big guns brought in to aid cannabis recovery

18:10, Feb 20 2014
Police
WEED KILLER: Police aboard a RNZAF helicopter as part of a cannabis operation yesterday.

An Iroquois helicopter has been buzzing around the Tasman police region, which includes Marlborough, this week as part of a police operation to recover cannabis.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopter is being used by police in Marlborough, Nelson and the West Coast during the aerial phase of the operation.

Tasman police cannabis operation manager Sergeant Rob Crawford said the plants recovered so far were well developed and in good condition.

Weather over the summer period had created favourable growing conditions, he said.

Last year cannabis crops had been described as looking "woeful" after hot, dry weather and a lack of rain affected crops.

People living in rural areas were asked to report suspicious sightings of cannabis crops to police.

Anyone who gave information to police would remain anonymous, Mr Crawford said.

The national cannabis operation runs until the end of April, although police will continue to focus on cannabis all year, he said.

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