Watch out, police warn drug growers

By Christine McKay

Tararua police intend to keep the pressure on drug growers, a senior constable says.

"We're continuing to target drug growers and no one should sit around feeling smug and confident," Senior Constable Dave Kirk of the Pongaroa police said.

He said a raid on a Swinburn St property in Dannevirke yesterday was the latest in a series of successful drug raids Tararua police have executed in the past 10 months.

"We're targeting drug growers and will come knocking one day," he warned.

At 9.30am yesterday police from Dannevirke, Pongaroa and Norsewood armed with a warrant searched the Swinburn St address. "In a ... garage at the rear of the property we located nine cannabis plants approximately one-metre tall growing in planter bags. They were growing under heat shields, lamps and extractor fans inside a room that had been constructed of timber and lined with reflective tin foil," Mr Kirk said.

Police also found about 190g of cannabis plant material inside the house along with utensils used for consuming cannabis.

As a result of the search a 36-year-old Dannevirke man is due to appear in the Dannevirke District Court on Thursday September 13 to face charges of cultivating cannabis, possessing cannabis and possessing utensils for the consumption of cannabis.

"We're very pleased with the information which is coming in from the public and are acting on it as soon as possible. There's going to be no let-up by the police in these matters," Mr Kirk said.

The latest drug raid follows another in Pahiatua on Wednesday in which search warrants led to the arrest of two men. Constable Brad Hall of the Pahiatua police said the two warrants were executed with the help of members of the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS).

"We had done a risk assessment and because of previous incidents where there has been violence against police we called in the AOS to assist us in gaining entry to the property," he said. "It was just a precautionary measure. We also were assisted by a drug dog from Wellington which was very effective."

Mr Hall said cannabis was located at one of the properties but it was not a growing operation. Drug paraphernalia was also located at the address and a 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with possessing cannabis and possessing utensils.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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