Police clean out large pot business
168 plants and thousands in cash seized
Timaru police say it is "very satisfying" to have stomped out what is believed to be the biggest cannabis dealing operation the city has seen.
A search warrant was carried out at a West Timaru address at around 4pm on Thursday, resulting from Operation Doris.
The raid led police to a second address south of the city. Police recovered 168 cannabis plants from the second property, and between $3000 and $4000 in cash and a number of "tinnies" from the tinnie house.
Three people - a 45-year-old woman, an 18-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man - will appear in the Timaru District Court on Monday on minor charges.
Sergeant Tristan Murray said more serious charges were likely to be laid.
A further five people will face a range of charges on September 25.
"It concerned police that the tinnie house was operating in a residential area," he said.
He could not reveal at this stage how long the team had been working on Operation Doris, or how many officers were involved.
He believed it was the biggest drug operation Timaru had seen.
"It's on a scale which we have never come across before. It surprised me the scale it was operating."
It was a "very satisfying" result for officers that had been working on it.
He hoped the bust would reduce the supply of cannabis in the community, "which is a good thing".
"Drug use is a big driver for crime."
He said it was possible similar drug operations were active in the city.
He encouraged people, if they suspected a tinnie house was operating, to report it to the police.
They can call the Timaru police on 03 687 9808 or anonymous to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- The Timaru Herald