Air force joins police annual cannabis cull

00:13, Feb 21 2014
WEED KILLER: Police aboard a RNZAF helicopter as part of a cannabis operation yesterday.

Police across Nelson Bays, Marlborough and the West Coast are cracking down on cannabis growers this season.

The recovery phase of the police cannabis operation is under way in the Tasman Police District and they are being assisted by the air force with an RNZAF Iroquois helicopter.

Tasman Police District operations manager Sergeant Rob Crawford said the plants recovered so far were well developed and in good condition.

The weather over the summer period had created favourable growing conditions, unlike last summer when a lack of rainfall impacted on crops, he said.

Mr Crawford encouraged members of the public to contact police if they had information about cannabis growing in their area.

He assured they would not be identified. While police had a year-round focus of cracking down on the drug, the national cannabis operation officially continues until the end of April.


The Nelson Mail