Police have heralded a bust on a large 'dial-a-tinnie' operation in South Auckland as a victory in the "war on drugs".

More than 80 officers were involved in executing nine search warrants on properties in Mangere, Manurewa, Papatoetoe and Mt Wellington in the early hours of this morning.

They arrested 15 people. Ten were charged with selling and supplying cannabis, while four received the additional charge of cultivating cannabis

Charges were also laid for unlawful possession of firearms and breaches of bail.


More than 240 cannabis plants, a large number of ounce bags filled with cannabis, professional growing equipment and a "great number" of pre-packaged cannabis tinnies were seized.

Manurewa Acting Area Commander Richard Wilkie said the arrests and seizures would decrease crime in South Auckland.

"The results of today are excellent. We continue to fight the war on drugs. Terminations like this reduce the social impacts of drugs and the drug world. By taking an organised crime group like this one out of the community we're helping prevent other crime taking place."

The 15 people arrested are due to appear in Manukau District Court tomorrow.

- Herald Online