'Dial-a-tinnie' business shut down by Counties Manukau Police

Wednesday 29 August 2012, 3:36PM
By New Zealand Police


A dial-a-tinnie operation that Counties Manukau Police alleged has been running for several years was today shut down.

Over 80 Police Officers executed nine search warrants in the early hours of this morning. Addresses in Managere, Manurewa, Papatoetoe and Mt Wellington were targeted.

Overall Police have found over 240 cannabis plants, a large number of ounce bags filled with cannabis ready to be sold, professional growing equipment and a great number of pre packaged tinnies.

Manurewa Acting Area Commander for Richard Wilkie said “The results of today are excellent. We continue to fight the war on drugs. Terminations like this reduce the social impacts of drugs and the drug world. By taking an organised crime group like this one out of the community we’re helping prevent other crime taking place.”

Counties Manukau Police also found two firearms with ammunition, a 12 gauge under and over shotgun and a bolt action rifle.

All together 15 people were arrested and charged. Ten people were charged with the selling and supplying of cannabis, four of which were also charged with cultivating cannabis. There was also one charge for unlawful possession of firearms, one charge for breach of bail and another for warrant to arrest. The 15 people charged will be appearing in Manukau District Court tomorrow.

The Counties Manukau Financial Investigation Team will be reviewing the offender’s assets that may have been obtained through the proceeds of criminal activity.

If you any have information that could help Police with their war against drugs call Counties Manukau Police immediately on 09 261 1300. If you want to provide information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and talk to an independent call taker.