Police have uncovered a sophisticated cannabis growing operation following a search of two Marlborough properties.
Officers executed two search warrants last week that netted a significant quantity of cannabis that was being grown in commercial quantities.
A firearm was also seized at one of the homes and investigations are still underway.
Senior community constable Russ Smith says 124 plants were found in a series of indoor grow rooms at a rural property in Queen Charlotte Drive.
“A total of 124 mostly mature cannabis plants were in a series of indoor grow rooms with sophisticated filtration and lighting systems.
“A firearm was also seized. Police are still investigating but are considering laying charges against two individuals occupying the property,” he says.
Thirty-eight mature cannabis plants and 139 grams of dried plant were seized at another rural property west of Havelock.
Police know that those who grow cannabis commercially do business with organised crime groups, says Russ.
“The sale of their crops contributes to crime by helping to fund criminal activity.
“As a consequence, police will act whenever there is evidence of illicit activity relating to cannabis and any other illegal drug possession, cultivation, dealing, manufacture or use.
“If you are aware of cannabis or any other drug activity, please contact the police so that we can do something about it.”
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, call the Police non-emergency number 105, or speak to any police officer.