Police have seized $270,000 worth of high grade cannabis from across Auckland during the execution of eight search warrants.
Plants and dried leaves, already packaged for sale, were seized from buildings and private addresses in Te Atatu South, Waitakere, Henderson, Green Bay and Manukau, along with $10,000 in cash.
Eight men – aged between 27 and 65 – will appear in the Auckland, Henderson and Manukau District Courts on Wednesday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McHattie says over the next week the men will face a range of charges including possession, possession for supply and cultivation of cannabis.
He says the crackdown was the culmination of two months of investigations.
Officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McHattie said that about 30 police staff were involved in yesterday’s operation which is part of ongoing pressure on organized crime and criminal activity in the region.