9 Mar 2009

Police raids lead to 53 arrests

9:35 am on 9 March 2009

Police have arrested 53 people and seized more than 1,500 cannabis plants after a two-day crackdown in the western Bay of Plenty.

Those arrested face a variety of charges including possession, cultivation and supply of cannabis, possession of offensive weapons, firearms and explosives, and other drugs charges.

Police carried out 45 search warrants in the area.