Four charged after raid uncovers drugs, guns

02:09, May 16 2014
Cannabis found in West Coast raid
BAGGING UP: Police officers remove cannabis plants found at the "substantial" indoor growing operation.

Two men from the Nelson region are among four charged following a large police operation in the Buller area of Tasman Police District yesterday.

Search warrants were executed at five properties and as a result four people are facing drugs and firearms charges, police said today.

Up to 18kg of dried cannabis head was recovered at an Inangahua address, along with plants still in the drying process. Two sawn off shotguns, a cut down .22 rifle, an AK47 and a .303 rifle plus ammunition were also found at that address.

Guns found in West Coast raid
SEIZED: The cache of firearms found at an Inangahua address.

A 29 year old Marahau man has been charged with cultivating cannabis, possession of cannabis for supply and theft of electricity after a substantial indoor growing operation was located at a rented property in Reefton. Police also recovered eight mature plants and 283 grams of dried cannabis and $7000 cash at the address.

A 44 year-old Upper Moutere man has been charged with possession of the class A drug methamphetamine.

A 50 year-old Inangahua man has been charged with possession of cannabis for supply and unlawful possession of firearms and a 26 year old Inangahua man has been charged with possession of a class A drug methamphetamine, possession of a class B drug cannabis oil, cultivation of cannabis and possession of cannabis plant.

Operation Commander Detective Sergeant Chris Roberts said he had no doubt that yesterday’s operation had disrupted the supply of cannabis to the district and further afield.

‘‘I hope this sends a clear message to those engaging in drug activity that they won’t go unnoticed just because they are in a rural location. ‘‘Our district is not a soft option,’’ he said.


The Nelson Mail