Commercial drugs operation busted in Westport

A large commercial cannabis cultivation operation -- including a hydroponic grow room - has been uncovered at a Westport house.

Police executed a search warrant at a residential address on Tuesday, finding a sophisticated commercial cannabis growing operation, along with about 2.5kg of dried cannabis head roughly valued at $44,000 and a hydroponic grow room with about 1000 seedlings.

Twenty-seven mature plants in various stages of growth was discovered concealed in a shed at the rear of the property.

Police also recovered about $14,000 in cash.

Two people aged in their 50s were arrested and will appear in the Westport District Court in January.

Sergeant Steve Baddock, of Westport police, said the discovery came as a result of a tip-off from the public.

He encouraged anyone with information about drug related activity to contact them, either directly or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

- By Viv Logie of the Greymouth Star

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