Annual crop destroyed

Police sweep $10m cannabis haul off the street.

Police sweep $10m cannabis haul off the street.

MORE than 10,000 cannabis plants with a potential street value of about $10 million were destroyed in a major annual police drugs operation in the eastern region over summer — most of it north of Gisborne.

Police ran the operation in two phases this year, for four days in December and five days in February.

“We carried out a small part of the operation in Hawke’s Bay but this summer we primarily focused on the East Coast north of Gisborne,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Greville, of Hawke’s Bay police.

Police used a helicopter in their operation.

“We covered everywhere north of Gisborne and found just over 10,000 cannabis plants during the two phases of the operation.”

Plots found 'scattered widely across district'

The plants were in various stages of maturity.

A mature plant produces cannabis worth about $1000 on the street.

“The large and small plots we found were scattered widely across the district,” he said. “Most of them were in bush but some were planted in maize paddocks.

“The plants found in the bush areas were sprayed with a herbicide and left to die off, while the plants we found in maize blocks were ripped out and buried. The haul of cannabis plants we found was about the same as last year. It is about what we expected to find — nothing out of the ordinary.

"Police spoke to 23 people during the operation.

“Some of them received warnings and others will face prosecution.

Firearms also seized

“We also seized nine firearms during the searches.

“They were various types of rifles. There were no handguns found.

“All in all, it was a successful operation again and we are pleased with the result,” Detective Sergeant Greville said.

“Police will continue to target the drug trade in the region and we would like to hear from anyone who has information about it, be that cannabis or any other drug.”

  • That information can be provided directly to Gisborne police on 06 869 0200 or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.

MORE than 10,000 cannabis plants with a potential street value of about $10 million were destroyed in a major annual police drugs operation in the eastern region over summer — most of it north of Gisborne.

Police ran the operation in two phases this year, for four days in December and five days in February.

“We carried out a small part of the operation in Hawke’s Bay but this summer we primarily focused on the East Coast north of Gisborne,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Greville, of Hawke’s Bay police.

Police used a helicopter in their operation.

“We covered everywhere north of Gisborne and found just over 10,000 cannabis plants during the two phases of the operation.”

Plots found 'scattered widely across district'

The plants were in various stages of maturity.

A mature plant produces cannabis worth about $1000 on the street.

“The large and small plots we found were scattered widely across the district,” he said. “Most of them were in bush but some were planted in maize paddocks.

“The plants found in the bush areas were sprayed with a herbicide and left to die off, while the plants we found in maize blocks were ripped out and buried. The haul of cannabis plants we found was about the same as last year. It is about what we expected to find — nothing out of the ordinary.

"Police spoke to 23 people during the operation.

“Some of them received warnings and others will face prosecution.

Firearms also seized

“We also seized nine firearms during the searches.

“They were various types of rifles. There were no handguns found.

“All in all, it was a successful operation again and we are pleased with the result,” Detective Sergeant Greville said.

“Police will continue to target the drug trade in the region and we would like to hear from anyone who has information about it, be that cannabis or any other drug.”

  • That information can be provided directly to Gisborne police on 06 869 0200 or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.
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Ian Armstrong, Tauranga - 3 months ago
Well done Gisborne Police for the great job you have done depriving countless medical patients from having a safe and effective medicine that has never in history killed one person. No doubt you will receive a big thank you from the pharmaceutical industry also as their trade in legal but deadly drugs will continue as before, whilst they make moves to control the legal cannabis market when it eventually comes - as it must. Also, the liquor industry must praise your fine efforts as those people who use cannabis recreationally will now spend the money they would use to buy it on alcohol or perhaps move to meth - which is by all accounts plentiful everywhere.
I have to ask, would you prefer to interact with people who use cannabis or those under the influence of alcohol or meth? Or is this what makes for great work stories and excitement?
As a side issue, I would love to hear reports of more burglaries being solved or prevented, less robberies and violent crime, and actually making our streets and homes safer places.

Dave Beach - 3 months ago
Wish the police would let the public know how much meth they have found as well. By taking the cannabis out of circulation I can only see more and more people using meth! Which is the worse evil? Think you're spending far too much on a drug that is less important to eradicate.

Chuggy, Taranaki - 3 months ago
Shouldn't police be more worried about the meth on the streets and other chemical drugs that are doing more harm? Why waste money pulling up cannabis plants that have so many healing properties - cancer medication etc? About time they see past their noses. So many states over seas have legalised cannabis, why can't NZ?

Jon, Whakamaru - 3 months ago
Awesome comments, couldn't agree more. Do something useful for the people NZ police.

Sonya, H Bay - 3 months ago
Pharmac and its investers will be truely grateful..
Innocent medical patients suffering unnecessary pain, discomfort and minimal quality of life due to your increased fixation on destroying cannibas, on the other hand do not. It is clear where NZ Police's loyalty lies...with corrupt pharmaceutical companies and rich investors.
Such a shame.

Luke Dickens, Auckland - 3 months ago
Bravo, bravo, police - you keep doing what you're doing . . . which is taking a harmless recreational drug off the streets. Now, if you could actually do something about the real drugs, y'know . . . meth, heroin, synthetics . . . but no, keep cracking down on the one drug that actually keeps people off the harder stuff.

Vincent Haworth, Puhunga - 3 months ago
Totally agree to all the comments I just read. I don't smoke, but see more of p out there - and it's easier to get than the herb. So come on NZ government, get with the programme and open your eyes to the real world out there.