Drugs, firearms found; man charged

Cannabis, methamphetamine, firearms and cash have been found on the rural property of a family member of a high-profile dead businessman.

Police raided the property about 20km south of Christchurch yesterday morning.

A middle-aged man was interviewed for several hours by detectives at the Christchurch Central police station. He is expected to face charges relating to possession of cannabis for supply, cultivating cannabis, possession of methamphetamine and firearms charges.

He is scheduled to appear in the Christchurch District Court on January 31.

Police were yesterday releasing few details of the raid near Lincoln but the Star has learned the firearms allegedly found included pistols.

Detective Sergeant Chris Power said firearms, 30 mature cannabis plants, 110 seedlings and a small amount of methamphetamine were taken from the property.

Police said they have also seized about $20,000 they believe to be linked to drugs.

The businessman, to whom the arrested man is closely related, was well known in his industry throughout New Zealand.

He died with a fortune worth more than $100 million.

He was also a benefactor for many charities and organisations, nationally and in Canterbury.

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