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A drug grower was sur­prised in the nude when po­lice raided his home in Ti­tahi Bay.

Cannabis worth tens of thou­sands of dol­lars was re­moved from the house in Herewini St last Tues­day, along with pipes, grow­ing equip­ment and an air gun.

A 38-year-old man was ar­rested and charged with cannabis pos­ses­sion. He will ap­pear in Porirua Dis­trict Court.

The man was an IT worker who was rent­ing the house.

He had used a blacked-out bed­room to grow cannabis plants, and also had dried cannabis and cannabis oil in the house, De­tec­tive Sergeant Kelvyn Parry of Porirua said.

Six ma­ture plants and 20 seedlings were seized.

Po­lice sur­prised the man, who had been sleep­ing, when they raided his house at 10.15am.

‘‘He was nude, and in com­plete shock and sur­prise.’’

The ‘‘stench’’ of cannabis hit po­lice at the bot­tom of the drive­way, Parry said.

It was likely that the man had been grow­ing cannabis for some time.

It took un­til 3.30pm to re­move all the drugs and para­pher­na­lia, which filled a po­lice car and trailer. The man’s ar­rest led to another raid of a nearby Taka­puwahia house, in Ngati­toa St.

Po­lice said ‘‘ items of in­ter­est’’ were found at the ad­dress.

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