Children caught up in Hutt Valley drug raids
Drug raids in the Hutt Valley have found several toddlers living in homes full of drugs.
Almost 100 cannabis plants, loose cannabis, hash, LSD, two rifles and growing equipment were seized in the operation, which targeted five homes in Lower Hutt, Stokes Valley and Naenae in the last two days.
Four men aged 25 to 50 were arrested and face cannabis and firearm related charges. Sergeant Mike Sarten said 16 police, some carrying guns, were involved in the raids.
The biggest bust was at a home in Stokes Valley where police found a hydroponic growing operation and about 50 plants.
Police also found two rifles at the home, Sarten said.
At other homes police found toddlers living alongside cannabis growing operations, he said. No referrals had been made to Child, Youth and Family.
''These guys live in a world of organised crime ... with unsavoury characters hanging around. It [finding children] is not cool.''
In the last three weeks police have searched 10 homes - part of an ongoing crackdown on drugs in the Hutt Valley called Operation Nike.
Police had seized a large amount of high quality cannabis, he said.
''This is part of an ongoing operation against drug cultivation and associated crime. If we're not there this week [drug dealers] can expect us next week.''
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