Man faces charges over cannabis operation

Last updated 09:44 22/08/2014

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A man is due to appear in the Nelson District Court charged with cultivating cannabis and theft of electricity after police uncovered a sophisticated indoor cannabis cultivation operation in a Washington Rd property.

Police were alerted from a tip off from a concerned member of the public who had seen suspicious behaviour at the property.

When police executed a search warrant on the property they discovered a number of hidden grow rooms with lighting and ventilation systems along with 104 cannabis plants in varying stages of maturity. The electricity supply to the building had also been tampered with.

Sergeant Craig Barker said indoor cannabis cultivation was becoming more prevalent and those in industrial premises were invariably commercial operations.

"People need to be aware this is becoming much more common and I would encourage anyone who has concerns about activity at any premises to contact police."

He said landlords should also be wary about what their property was being used for.

A 49-year-old man will appear in court on September 8.

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- The Nelson Mail

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