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Fashion designer Jason Crawford has denied running a sophisticated cannabis operation from the warehouse of his high-profile label.

The 35-year-old, who founded Insidious Fix, pleaded not guilty when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday on two charges of cultivating and one of selling cannabis. He also faces nine charges of receiving stolen property.

Co-accused Frances Kitson, 43, and Benjamin Dominic Merrett, 29, denied cannabis charges.