Ten arrested in cannabis bust

Wednesday August 30, 2017 Written by Published in Crime
Several potted cannabis plants were seized from a property in Arorangi involved in a highly organised drug operation. 17082932 Several potted cannabis plants were seized from a property in Arorangi involved in a highly organised drug operation. 17082932

Details have been released of a substantial drug bust two weeks ago in Arorangi during which CIB police officers seized 80 cannabis plants.

 

Detective Sergeant Johnny George, said yesterday police were finalising the files on the last of the 10 offenders to be charged.

Police media liaison officer, Trevor Pitt said, police conducted the drug operation over the course of a week, executing searches and seizing a range of items, including drug utensils and electronics from residents of a house in Betela, Arorangi.

“The multi-level home was used to hide the cultivation of cannabis in pots, as well as the drying of plant leaves.

“There was evidence that potted plants were around four months old, and some other more mature plants secured at the property,” Pitt said.

Police officers also conducted searched a company’s business premises and discovered further evidence for charges against an employee.

Pitt said the offenders had already appeared in the High Court with the possibility of further charges to follow.

Meanwhile, in an angry Facebook post on Rarotonga, Community and Beyond on Tuesday, a Rarotonga resident complained that her electronic equipment had been seized by police during a search of the house where she was living. She said she required the laptop for her studies.

She wrote: “Thursday 17th August, the people in blue had a search warrant for my partner and my brother in law (as well as many others on the island). I was rudely woken up my them and was told to wait outside.

“As they were searching for god knows what, they came across my things. “Who owns this laptop, TV and hard drives?” I said that I did.

“All the electronic devices you see are mine and it’s also for my studies, I said to one of the cops.”

The complainant said the seizure of her property was unacceptable and that police had ignored her rights. She said that when she complained, she had been told to book an appointment with the Police Commissioner.

Pitt said the complainant was a resident of a property that had been searched in connection to a major drug operation.

The items had since been returned to her, he added

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