$2m of cannabis plants destroyed

Last updated 13:51 06/03/2014
Cannabis fire
UP IN SMOKE: Police destroy cannabis seized in a major operation across Auckland.

Relevant offers

Crime

Double arson-accused fears retribution after allegedly setting fire to home of good Samaritans Stepdad told police he had hit his stepdaughter's rapist 8 or 9 times Thieving ref steals from league sports accounts Street attacker guilty of murdering Nelson man Philip Quayle in Cairns Trio deny importing 5 kilograms of ecstasy seized at Christchurch Airport Police search operation underway in Whakatane after body sighted in river Jailed teen told: 'Robberies are not games' Teenage boys charged over Gull ram raid Trio pleads guilty to Jindarat Prutsiriporn kidnapping Dome Valley case: Kidnappers sentenced to jail at High Court in Auckland

Airborne police have found and destroyed $2 million worth of cannabis as the marijuana growing season closes.

Police assisted by the air force found more than 2000 marijuana plants growing outdoors across the Auckland region in the past two weeks, with officers winched down from a helicopter to the plots.

"The plants were growing in forests, swamps, rivers and rural property, and crops were found in a number of different locations, including Port Waikato, Muriwai, Piha, Kaipara Flats, Helensville and Great Barrier Island," police said.

Head of the operation Detective Sergeant Callum McNeill said 16 search warrants had been executed and so far seven men and one woman had been charged with cultivating cannabis.

"This is a great result," McNeill said.

"Some of the plants that we seized had obviously been growing for quite some time and I have no doubt that this has dealt a real blow to the criminal element.

"Every year, around the time that criminals plant cannabis, we ask the public to tell us about any suspicious behaviour they may see. Part of this week's result owes its success to the information provided by the community."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content