The bagged-up version of cut-price synthetic cannabis
police say they found in a central Dunedin dairy. Photo by
A Dunedin dairy owner faces prosecution after filling
resealable bags of cut-price synthetic cannabis, police say.
A plainclothes policeman visited several legal-high sellers
yesterday, and police said he found one central Dunedin dairy
owner flouting the law.
The undercover officer was offered a choice from a box
containing 200 unmarked plastic bags of cheap synthetic
cannabis, Senior Sergeant Chris McLellan said.
Police declined to name the dairy, but said the owner was
helpful and maintained he did not know he could not sell
''product in that format''. The dairy owner admitted to
buying synthetic cannabis in bulk and then ''used primitive
measuring techniques - a spoon - to measure out the
He was unable to confirm where he sourced the product, which
was packaged in clear resealable bags and sold for as little
as $16 a packet at an estimated profit of at least $10 a bag.
''Information we received indicated he was fairly busy, and
people liked the lower discounted price.''
The unknown product was immediately removed from shelves, as
police were concerned ''the product may have contained a
''It is unbranded and people were being put at risk given
that anything could have been in those products. [It] could
have contained outdated or illegal substances or even
something added to pack it out.''
The dairy owner would be formally interviewed and the
incident referred to health officials for possible
Police believed the incident was not an isolated case, and
asked members of the public who had bought synthetic cannabis
in a similar format to contact them.