The first phase of a
Northland-wide drugs operation has netted almost 7000
cannabis plants and led to 11 arrests.
The results so far for Operation Lucy, which started earlier
this month, come from a police report due to be delivered to
a Whangarei District Council meeting tomorrow.
Phase one is understood to have targeted the Kaitaia area
where police, with the aid of tip-offs, investigations, a
helicopter and spotter plane, located and destroyed 6523
cannabis plants. Police are not commenting at present but
they are expected to provide full results for the operation
in due course.
Also found was 2kg of dried cannabis, 29 "tinnies", 1g of
methamphetamine (also known as P), six firearms, $525 cash
and a stolen motorbike worth $4000.
Eleven people were arrested and two others issued with
Between searches, police were deployed at road checkpoints
where they issued 29 tickets for offences such as no
registration or warrant of fitness. They also caught one
disqualified and one suspended driver.
Another phase of the operation targeted the Mid North
including Kaikohe, Oromahoe and Kerikeri.
When police conducted their annual blitz on cannabis growers
last year, the entire operation saw 103 people arrested and
more than 48,000 cannabis plants pulled up or sprayed with
Fifteen indoor growing operations were found as well as 17
firearms and $11,000 in cash allegedly linked to the drugs
More than 1100 thriving cannabis plants were found in one Far
It is too early to compare the results of this year's
operation with 2013's drug seizures.