Owner admits growing cannabis above restaurant

By Zac Yates -
File photo / APN
File photo / APN

A Wanganui restaurant owner has admitted growing cannabis above his business for supply.

Raymond Ng, 54, owner of the Beijing Licenced Chinese Restaurant & Express in central Wanganui, today pleaded guilty in the Wanganui District Court to possessing cannabis, cultivating cannabis for supply and possessing a firearm without a licence.

On the morning of September 6, Ng's home and the restaurant were searched by police, who found a "large, sophisticated'' growing operation in the attic of the building.

Police found more than 200 cannabis plants in varying stages of growth in two growing rooms and a drying room, accessed via a ladder in the men's toilet.

Ng was remanded on bail to reappear for sentencing on December 23.

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