Cannabis rooms raided in Wellington

Last updated 10:34 31/07/2013
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BUSTED: Police remove one of the cannabis plants seized during a raid on a house in Ascot Park.

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Guns, methamphetamine, $2.5 million of property, and more than 100 cannabis plants were seized by police in first-light raids in Porirua today.

Detective Inspector Grant Wormald said the Operation Hive raids, at about 7am today, followed an electronic investigation, similar to phone tapping over three months.

At first light today, raids were carried out at 10 Porirua properties, including an Ascot Park home and a Titahi Bay boatshed.

''Police believe a large part of the operation was coordinated from the boat house.''

Nine people had been arrested to appear in Wellington District Court this afternoon.

During the raids, seven cannabis grow rooms were found, which combined had more than 100 mature cannabis plants.

Twenty grams of methamphetamine was found, as was a shotgun, three air rifles, and evidence members of the group were importing and selling steroids for body-building.

$2.5m in property was seized under the the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act.

The group had been operating in the area for some time, Mr Wormald said.

Two of the properties with grow rooms were rented, apparently specifically for growing cannabis.

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