Four-month operation yields cannabis worth over $1m

More than 850 cannabis plants were found at a rural property in Havelock North during raids on Wednesday that netted more than $1 million of cannabis linked to the Mongrel Mob. Raids on four properties in Napier, Hastings, and rural blocks in Havelock North and Tuai, near Lake Waikaremoana, uncovered 1053 cannabis plants and 10 kilograms of cannabis material, police said. The Havelock North property, in Middle Rd, proved “particularly lucrative”, with police finding 851 plants there as well as $6000 in cash, a small of amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. “With an estimated value of $1000 per cannabis plant, the conservative total for yesterday’s haul was around $1 million worth of the drug,” Eastern District organised crime unit head Senior Sergeant Mike Foster said yesterday. The four properties were linked and those involved were part of an organised group growing and dealing cannabis in the region, he said. The group had Mongrel Mob connections. The raids were the culmination of a four-month police operation that focused on the group and its activities. Five men aged from 37 to 48 are facing charges of cultivating cannabis and possessing cannabis for supply. They are due to appear in Hastings District Court next week. Further charges are likely. Mr Foster said Wednesday’s operation would have a big impact on the local cannabis trade. Plants found by police ranged from “mother” plants and seedlings through to mature plants. “Unfortunately, police are seeing more and more of this type of activity and we are working hard to nip it in the bud.”

via : The Dominion

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