Cannabis found in routine stop

	Two large chilly bins located on the rear seat of the vehicle were found to contain 1kg of...
Two large chilly bins located on the rear seat of the vehicle were found to contain 1kg of cannabis head and more than $500 in cash. PHOTO: NZ POLICE
A routine police checkpoint operation near Lumsden uncovered a ‘‘substantial’’ amount of cannabis after officers caught a whiff of the stuff in a car they stopped, prompting a search.

Police were conducting the operation on State Highway 94 on Friday, checking for drink-driving, the use of seatbelts, cellphone use and other driving offences.

Staff stopped a car coming from Gore and heading towards Te Anau, police said.

They caught a strong smell of cannabis and invoked a 2012 Search and Surveillance Act search of the vehicle.

Two large chilly bins located on the rear seat of the vehicle were found to contain 1kg of cannabis head and more than $500 in cash.

The sole occupant, a 29-year-old man from Te Anau, admitted he had just bought the cannabis in Gore.

Te Anau staff continued inquiries at the man’s home in Te Anau, where they seized more cannabis, more than $2000 in cash and drug-dealing
equipment.

Sergeant Tod Hollebon, of Te Anau, was pleased with the outcome.

"This has resulted in police taking a substantial amount of cannabis off the street, and uncovering a significant growing operation," he said.

Further investigation was carried out and revealed a 45-year-old Gore man was allegedly responsible for the sale of the drugs.

A search of a Gore property was undertaken and about 3kg of cannabis, several cannabis plants and $10,000 in cash were seized from that address, police said.

"I am proud of our local police working together across the borders in Riversdale, Mataura, Gore and Invercargill, which has resulted in two arrests so far," Sgt Hollebon said.

Both men were arrested. The 29-year-old will appear in the Invercargill District Court on drugs charges and the 45-year-old man will appear in the Gore District Court on similar charges.

Inquiries were continuing and further charges could be laid, police said.

Add a Comment

ev-and-hybrid-banner-updated_0.jpg

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter