Drugs and stolen car seized in raid

Last updated 08:53 12/08/2014

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An armed police raid on a North Canterbury home seized 100 cannabis plants and a stolen ute last night.

A 45-year-old Waiau man is facing cannabis cultivation charges and and charges related to the stolen Toyota double cab ute, after police and members of the armed offenders squad searched a Montrose St address.

Sergeant Graeme Crossan said police found two people in the property.

Police found 13 large cannabis plants, and numerous cuttings and seedlings growing in pots inside the house, he said.

The 45-year-old man was arrested and bailed and is expected to appear in court during the next week. The other occupant was not likely to face charges.

"This is a follow on from the search warrants around North Canterbury we have been doing for the last three weeks or so, in relation to burglaries and stolen vehicles around the district," Crossan said.

On July 17, three North Canterbury police raids unearthed drugs and thousands of dollars of stolen property.

Crossan said the operation included the arrest of an individual who is facing 15 to 20 drug-related and burglary charges.

"We are just working to pick up those people that are preying on the innocent," Crossan said.

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