Cambridge Police seek man following large cannabis discovery

Friday 20 April 2012, 3:48PM
By New Zealand Police


Cambridge Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man wanted in relation to a large amount of drugs found at a rural property outside the town yesterday.

Sergeant Murray Van Der Veeken of the Cambridge Police said officers went to a Swayne Rd property with a search warrant where they found 15kgs of good quality cannabis head drying in a farm shed.

"There was various amounts of cannabis found but by far the largest amount was found drying in a 4x4 vehicle parked in the shed.

"As a result of this we are actively seeking a person believed to be involved in the cultivation of the cannabis and are appealing for information on the whereabouts of 37-year-old Cambridge man, Michael James BELL."

Mr Van Der Veeken said BELL was described as a male Caucasian of medium to thin build and about 180cm tall.

"Bell has an extensive criminal history and we believe he is actively avoiding Police."

A conservative estimate on the street value of the cannabis recovered was that it was worth around $100,000.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of BELL is asked to contact Cambridge Police on 07 827 5531. Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.