'Inevitable knock' busts drug den

By Christine McKay

After another raid on a Dannevirke cannabis-growing operation yesterday, police have a warning for growers.

"This raid follows on from a series of other raids in the Tararua over the past few months and growers should keep looking over their shoulders, waiting for that inevitable knock on their door," Senior Constable Dave Kirk,of the Pongaroa Police, said.

"The people of the Tararua have had enough of this drug scourge and I'm warning all would-be growers to be on the look-out.

"We're going to get you.

"People don't want drugs on their doorstep and do not want their children growing up exposed to the misery that drugs can cause."

Mr Kirk said that at 10.30am yesterday police from Dannevirke, Pongaroa, Norsewood and Woodville executed a search warrant on an Allardice St address in Dannevirke.

"As a result, a 23-year-old Dannevirke man has appeared in the Dannevirke District Court, charged with cultivation of cannabis and the unlawful possession of a firearm," Mr Kirk said.

Other charges were pending.

Police said they located three growing areas inside the house, all of which were under lights, and included heat lamps and fans.

"We discovered 65 cannabis plants in varying stages of maturity and in excess of 2.5kg of dried cannabis was also located," Mr Kirk said.

Last week, police from throughout Hawke's Bay raided a Pongaroa home which had been turned into a sophisticated indoor cannabis growing operation.

A bedroom had been lined and insulated, with the cannabis plants growing under lights and a hydroponic system was set up in another room. In the garage, two lined growing rooms were found.

A 44-year-old woman was arrested and charged with cultivation and possession of cannabis and will appear in the Dannevirke District Court on August 27.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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