Police hunt down cannabis crops

Police are hunting for cannabis crops across South Canterbury as the harvesting season heats up.

Timaru police recovered two plots in the Temuka area on Monday, but declined to reveal how much cannabis that involved.

Sergeant Grant Lord encouraged the public to report any suspicious activity to police.

"If anyone sees any suspicious activity along riverbeds, parks, vehicles parked in strange locations, call the nearest police station," he said.

He said it was important people reported such matters to police instead of taking "matters into their own hands".

"Their safety is paramount."

In the past, police have found cannabis growing in maize crops across the district - and do so regularly, Mr Lord said.

Cannabis is one of the most widely available illicit drugs in New Zealand. Each year police target the people who grow and supply cannabis, particularly with aerial searches. Crops that are found are seized and destroyed.

Penalties associated with cannabis range from maximum sentences of a $500 fine for possession to a 14-year jail term for supplying or manufacturing.

Cultivation of cannabis can result in a seven-year jail term.

The Timaru Herald