Four charged after raid uncovers drugs, guns

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 11:15 15/05/2014
Cannabis found in West Coast raid
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BAGGING UP: Police officers remove cannabis plants found at the "substantial" indoor growing operation.

Guns found in West Coast raid
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SEIZED: The cache of firearms found at an Inangahua address.

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A "substantial" indoor cannabis growing operation and firearms including an AK47 have been found in a police raid on five West Coast properties.

Four people have been charged following the police operation involving search warrants at five Buller properties yesterday.

At an Inangahua address, police found up to 18kg of dried cannabis head, plants still in the drying process, two sawn-off shotguns, a cut-down .22 rifle, an AK47 and a .303 rifle plus ammunition, police said.

At a rented property in Reefton, they found a "substantial indoor growing operation" and recovered eight mature plants, 283g of dried cannabis and $7000 cash.

A 50-year-old Inangahua man has been charged with possession of cannabis for supply and unlawful possession of firearms.

A 44-year-old Upper Moutere man has been charged with possession of methamphetamine.

A 26-year-old Inangahua man has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis oil, cannabis cultivation and possession of cannabis plants.

A 29 year old Marahau man has been charged with cultivating cannabis, possession of cannabis for supply and theft of electricity, in relation to the indoor growing operation. 

Detective Sergeant Chris Roberts, who led the operation, said he had no doubt the raids had disrupted the supply of cannabis to the West Coast.

"I hope this sends a clear message to those engaging in drug activity that they won't go unnoticed just because they are in a rural location," he said.

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