A checkpoint initiated by Eastern District police officers at Easter Weekend resulted in a large haul of cannabis, as well as catching other motorists breaking the law.

A police spokesperson said three offenders were apprehended with a large amount of cannabis on State Highway 2, about 50km north of Napier, on Good Friday, March 30.

The offenders were travelling to Napier when they were caught with the cannabis estimated to have a street value of $20,000.

"This was awesome crime prevention, as the offenders were literally on their way to Hawke's Bay to sell the drugs,'' the spokesperson said.

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"This checkpoint was the initiative of local officers and is a great example of how police work to prevent harm in our communities.''

The other apprehensions included one person for an alleged breach of the Arms Act, two suspected drink-drivers and suspended drivers.