Cutting off the cash crop

Police make annual swoop on cannabis plots.

Police make annual swoop on cannabis plots.

DISRUPTED SUPPLY: The police cannabis cultivation operation in the Eastern Police District netted more than 10,000 plants this year, a “reasonable” number of them in the Tairawhiti district. This photograph was taken during the operation on the East Coast. Picture by Sarah Curtis

MORE than 10,000 cannabis plants were seized and destroyed during the annual police ground and air operation against cannabis growers in the Eastern Police District. Police were confident the drug supply has been disrupted.

The operation began in late February and was completed earlier this month.

“We found cannabis growing in plots on public and private land across the district, ranging from south of Waipukurau to the top of East Cape,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Greville.

No detail on the amount of cannabis seized in the Tairawhiti region has been supplied by police so far, though traditionally the East Coast accounts for a fair chunk of it.

“A reasonable amount of it was located in this district,” said a Gisborne officer involved in the operation.

“The Gisborne-East Coast operation was hampered by bad weather this year.”

Police had aerial support over 10 days from a plane and a helicopter.

“Aside from the cannabis plants destroyed, we seized nine firearms, rifles and shotguns, and two stolen vehicles were seized during the operation,” Det Snr Sgt Greville said.

“The amount seized was similar to last year overall and most of it was growing outdoors.

“While methamphetamine-related offending remained the primary focus of the Eastern District Organised Crime Unit, cannabis cultivation and its related offending will continue to be actively policed.

“Throughout the operation we received good feedback from rural communities, who were grateful for the work police were doing,” he said.

“As always, we rely on members of the public to pass on any information about drug cultivation, manufacture and dealing.”

Det Snr Sgt Greville said the evidence gathered during the operation and prosecution files involved were still being processsed.

“Therefore, details on the number of arrests made as a result of the operation and the charges involved are not available at this time.”

Information about drug offending can be passed on at any police station or can be supplied anonymously and in confidence by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

MORE than 10,000 cannabis plants were seized and destroyed during the annual police ground and air operation against cannabis growers in the Eastern Police District. Police were confident the drug supply has been disrupted.

The operation began in late February and was completed earlier this month.

“We found cannabis growing in plots on public and private land across the district, ranging from south of Waipukurau to the top of East Cape,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Greville.

No detail on the amount of cannabis seized in the Tairawhiti region has been supplied by police so far, though traditionally the East Coast accounts for a fair chunk of it.

“A reasonable amount of it was located in this district,” said a Gisborne officer involved in the operation.

“The Gisborne-East Coast operation was hampered by bad weather this year.”

Police had aerial support over 10 days from a plane and a helicopter.

“Aside from the cannabis plants destroyed, we seized nine firearms, rifles and shotguns, and two stolen vehicles were seized during the operation,” Det Snr Sgt Greville said.

“The amount seized was similar to last year overall and most of it was growing outdoors.

“While methamphetamine-related offending remained the primary focus of the Eastern District Organised Crime Unit, cannabis cultivation and its related offending will continue to be actively policed.

“Throughout the operation we received good feedback from rural communities, who were grateful for the work police were doing,” he said.

“As always, we rely on members of the public to pass on any information about drug cultivation, manufacture and dealing.”

Det Snr Sgt Greville said the evidence gathered during the operation and prosecution files involved were still being processsed.

“Therefore, details on the number of arrests made as a result of the operation and the charges involved are not available at this time.”

Information about drug offending can be passed on at any police station or can be supplied anonymously and in confidence by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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