A police operation targeting cannabis cultivation in Buller
has led to four arrests.
Police searched five properties yesterday and found 18kg of
dried cannabis and five unlawful firearms at an Inangahua
address and an indoor growing operation in a rented Reefton
A 50-year-old Inangahua man has been charged with possession
of cannabis for supply and unlawful possession of firearms.
A 29-year-old Marahau man is facing charges related to
cultivation and possession of cannabis as well as theft of
electricity after police located a substantial indoor growing
operation at a rented property in Reefton.
Operation Commander Detective Sergeant Chris Roberts said he
had no doubt that yesterday's operation had disrupted the
supply of cannabis to the Tasman district as well as further
"I hope this sends a clear message to those engaging in drug
activity that they won't go unnoticed just because they are
in a rural location. Our district is not a soft option," he
The operation also led to the arrest of a 44-year-old Upper
Moutere man who has been charged with possession of
methamphetamine and a 26-year-old Inangahua man who has been
charged with possession of methamphetamine, and possession
and cultivation of cannabis.