Cannabis bust relief for schools
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.