A former police undercover agent has put the street price of a Stratford crop at nearly $25,000.
Detective Stephen Field gave evidence at a drugs trial in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday.
Aaron Mark Tobeck, 27, an operator of Stratford, and Kyle John Emeny, 39, a mechanic of Toko, deny they were going to sell the cannabis - 3046gm of head material - which police found drying in their Croydon Rd home on April 26 last year.
The two have admitted a charge of possessing cannabis, saying the smaller amount they had was for their personal use.
Their flatmate, Luke Smith, has already admitted both growing and selling the crop grown in the backblocks of Waverley.
Mr Field told the jury he had been involved in many successful prosecutions after being involved in "full infiltration operations" where he lived with criminals from all walks of life and fully involved in the drug trade.
He was now involved in running similar undercover operations and often gave expert evidence in court cases.
The officer in charge of the case, Detective Sergeant Gerard Bouterey, said the three men's text messages clearly had all of them involved in the growing and harvesting operation at Waverley and Croydon Rd.
In his two videoed interviews Emeny said he had distanced himself from drug users to better himself.
Tobeck, a self-employed contractor admitted possessing the cannabis for his own use but was not selling it.
He would grow it anywhere in the bush and on roadsides.
The detective asked Tobeck what he intended to do with his third.
"Put it in a bag, smoke it, give it away, trade it," Tobeck said.
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