Raids continue at The Daktory

STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 13:17 26/06/2012

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West Auckland cannabis club The Daktory was raided again on Friday - the second time in a week - after police pulled over a car containing people who claimed they had bought the class C drug there.

The previous night police seized cannabis, $3000 cash and a ''large assortment'' of drug paraphernalia at the New Lynn property and made three arrests.

Two men and a woman were arrested and charged with drug-related offences including possession of cannabis, possession for supply and possession of a class B controlled drug for supply.

Charges were also laid for allowing the Delta Ave premises to be used for offending against the Misuse of Drugs Act and possession of drug related utensils.

A police spokesman said The Daktory was raided again about 8.20pm on Friday after police witnessed a car leaving the clubrooms.

One of the car's two occupants told police he had bought and smoked cannabis at the premises, prompting police to search it.

The spokesman said a small amount of cannabis and various utensils were found and two men were arrested.

A 20-year-old, already wanted by police, was charged with possessing cannabis for supply and breaching his bail conditions and a 39-year-old was charged with possession of cannabis.

The bust was the fourth on The Daktory in the past three months.

In April three people were arrested after Daktory members called police claiming Head Hunters gang members had demanded protection money from them.

A month earlier police seized 1kg of cannabis and $27,000 cash from the premises and made several arrests. The bust was prompted by revelations the club was allegedly selling 1gm bags of cannabis from a vending machine.

The Daktory was opened in November 2008 and boasted a membership of several thousand before its founder Dakta Green was jailed for eight months in June 2011 for possessing, selling and for allowing the clubrooms to be used for drug taking.

The Solicitor-General later appealed the 61-year-old's sentence and it was more than doubled to 23 months.

After Green's sentencing, The Daktory announced it was closing its doors to the public and would be used as the headquarters for Norml, The National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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