Po­lice clean up in Waipuk drug raids

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Three peo­ple are fac­ing se­ri­ous drug charges, in­clud­ing sup­ply­ing metham­phetamine and cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis, af­ter a se­ries of po­lice raids in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke’s Bay po­lice teams car­ried out two drug-re­lated search war­rants at sep­a­rate ad­dresses in Waipuku­rau last Tues­day.

The first, an early morn­ing meth bust, re­sulted in two peo­ple be­ing ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine for sup­ply, but po­lice would not re­veal any fur­ther de­tails.

In a sec­ond raid later that same morn­ing, po­lice said they dis­cov­ered a “very­well equipped” in­door cannabis grow­ing op­er­a­tion in­side a house on Tav­i­s­tock Rd.

A58-year-old woman has been charged with cul­ti­va­tion of cannabis and is due to ap­pear in­Waipuku­rau Dis­trict Court next month af­ter a num­ber of “good­sized” cannabis plants and a trailer full of grow­ing equip­ment was seized by po­lice. Alarge ‘mother plant,’ 15 medium-sized plants and 50 seedlings were found, po­lice said.

ATav­i­s­tock Rd res­i­dent who watched the raid un­fold said he watched po­lice re­move at least a dozen plants from the house.

“Af­ter that, they were bring­ing them out in dribs and drabs, and they were good-sized plants too.”

The equip­ment seized in­cluded “hy­dro­ponic gear, fans, heaters— the whole bloody lot!” the res­i­dent said.

About seven of­fi­cer­swere seen load­ing bags of fer­tiliser, light fit­tings, elec­tri­cal cords, ven­ti­la­tion duct­ing, a fan and other items into a trailer be­fore it was re­moved just af­ter mid­day.

Sergeant Greg Sim­mons, from Hawke’s Bay Po­lice, said the search war­rant was is­sued in re­la­tion to al­leged cannabis cul­ti­va­tion.

“As you will see we’ve seized a lot of gear. We also seized a num­ber of plants which po­lice be­lieve are cannabis and we are mak­ing en­quiries with a fe­male oc­cu­pant of this ad­dress [about] her knowl­edge of it.” Sergeant Sim­mons said the plants were of “vary­ing ma­tu­rity”.

“We had a num­ber of plants that were well through their growth cy­cle and, from my ex­pe­ri­ence, close to be­ing cul­ti­vated.”

Sergeant Sim­mons said the woman had been de­tained and in­quirieswere on­go­ing.

The trailer load of equip­ment was due to be de­stroyed, he said.

Aspokesper­son said po­lice were “work­ing hard” to tar­get drug deal­ing and “its harm to the com­mu­nity”. “Wewel­come any in­for­ma­tion from the public that will help us com­bat this scourge.”

Peo­ple can call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111

PHOTO: CLIN­TON LLEWELLYN.

Po­lice re­moved cannabis plants and this trailer full of grow­ing equip­ment from the al­legedly “very well equipped” in­door grow­ing op­er­a­tion dis­cov­ered in­side a house on Tav­i­s­tock Rd in Waipuku­rau .

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