Cannabis bust re­lief for schools

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

School prin­ci­pals are pleased to see a neigh­bour­hood drug house shut down by po­lice.

A Pt Che­va­lier prop­erty near Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate School and West­ern Springs Col­lege was raided by of­fi­cers last week and seven peo­ple were ar­rested.

Pasadena prin­ci­pal Tony Walsh says he was aware of an in­ci­dent at the house about four years ago and talk in the neigh­bour­hood had alerted him to the re­cent sit­u­a­tion.

“The po­lice had been in con­tact with us, mak­ing sure we knew that they were do­ing.”

He says none of the school’s stu­dents had been to the house.

“It’s co­in­ci­den­tal that it was op­po­site us. The real is­sue is that this stuff is avail­able in this com­mu­nity or any com­mu­nity.”

West­ern Springs Col­lege prin­ci­pal Ken Hav­ill was also aware of the ear­lier po­lice in­volve­ment with the prop­erty and thought it was no longer a prob­lem.

“Ob­vi­ously it had started up again. We’ve had no ev­i­dence of our kids go­ing to that place at all.”

He says the school li­aises closely with Pt Che­va­lier com­mu­nity con­sta­ble Bren­don Muir and had no in­di­ca­tion any stu­dents were in­volved with the prop­erty.

“We’re pleased the po­lice have raided that place and are deal­ing with it. It’s great hav­ing the po­lice on to it in terms of pro­vid­ing a safer com­mu­nity.”

Po­lice put the prop­erty un­der sur­veil­lance for about 10 days to mon­i­tor ac­tiv­ity af­ter calls from mem­bers of the pub­lic, says con­sta­ble Lan­don Pearce.

Mr Pearce says some peo­ple were park­ing at Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate while vis­it­ing the house.

Teenagers were also ob­served go­ing to the prop­erty.

Po­lice raided the house at 2.30pm on Thurs­day, find­ing more than $3500 cash, 41 tin­nies of cannabis and hun­dreds of grams of the drug, worth more than $5000.

A 47-year-old man and two women, aged 44 and 18, were ar­rested at the house.

Four more peo­ple were ar­rested for at­tempt­ing to buy cannabis at the prop­erty.

One of the ar­rests led to an­other search war­rant be­ing car­ried out at a Te Atatu ad­dress where a num­ber of cannabis plants were found, says Mr Pearce.

Those ar­rested have ap­peared in the Auck­land District Court on charges in­clud­ing per­mit­ting premises to be used for the com­mis­sion of a crime, pos­ses­sion for sup­ply and at­tempt­ing to pro­cure cannabis.

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