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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 property.
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 afield.
"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 said.
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.