Serious criminal charges of growing cannabis were thrown out because of a 'sloppy' search warrant application for police. But in a legal first in New Zealand, the evidence unlawfully obtained with the warrant was able to be used in civil case brought by police. Nearly nine years after an anonymous tip about cannabis in his backyard, Karl Marwood has agreed to pay $241,000.

A Taupō man has agreed to forfeit $241,000 after evidence which was unlawfully obtained - leading to criminal charges for growing cannabis being thrown out because of "sloppy" police work - was allowed to be used against

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