Po­lice searches net guns, cannabis

19 guns, stolen prop­erty seized

CHB Mail - - NEWS -

Po­lice in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay seized firearms, drugs and stolen prop­erty af­ter search war­rants were ac­tioned at four ad­dresses in Waipuku­rau and Waipawa last month.

Amongst the 19 guns seized were shot­guns, pis­tols and three mil­i­tary style semi-au­to­matic weapons.

Two of the shot­guns have been iden­ti­fied as be­ing those stolen from a St Ge­orge’s Rd, Hast­ings ad­dress in 2014.

Three large bags of cannabis were lo­cated in a freezer at one of the ad­dresses, while cannabis plants from in­door and out­door grow­ing fa­cil­i­ties were also seized.

The bags of frozen cannabis weighed in at 9.35kg, well over the 28g which is pre­sumed by law to be for per­sonal use.

Some of the stolen prop­erty was iden­ti­fied as com­ing from Waipuku­rau’s Crand­ford Hos­pice Char­ity Shop.

A 47-year-old man was ar­rested two weeks ago in re­la­tion to the char­ity shop bur­glar­ies and will ap­pear in the Waipuku­rau Dis­trict Court on Jan­uary 21, charged with 11 counts of bur­glary as well as other re­lated of­fences.

At one of the Waipuku­rau ad­dresses po­lice found fur­ni­ture and items taken from the now­closed Break­ers Restau­rant in Waipuku­rau.

A search of an­other ad­dress re­vealed cannabis plants in an out­door gar­den, more plants in an in­door grow­ing room and also guns and am­mu­ni­tion on the prop­erty.

Con­sta­ble Leigh Whit­ing, of the Waipuku­rau po­lice, says the team was pleased with the re­sult.

“It is a good re­sult, get­ting these weapons out of our com­mu­nity, as well as tak­ing the cannabis out of cir­cu­la­tion and po­ten­tially re­unit­ing peo­ple with their stolen prop­erty.”

Whit­ing says that find­ing weapons and drugs at the same premises is a stark re­minder that “some­times ‘grow­ing a bit of cannabis’ isn’t the harm­less ac­tiv­ity some peo­ple think of it as”.

Two ar­rests have been made so far as a re­sult of the searches.

‘ Bags of frozen cannabis weighed in at 9.35kg, well over the 28g which is pre­sumed by law to be for per­sonal ’ use.

Some of the guns and cannabis that were seized from four Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay prop­er­ties last month.

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