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  1. chillinwill
    The number of cannabis plants destroyed by police has hit a 10-year high.

    In the 2008/2009 year police seized 141,000 plants with the potential to cause community harm worth $379 million.

    Police arrested 1125 offenders, seized 191 firearms and recovered stolen property worth $400,000.

    The haul of plants was the highest in 10 years and up by 17,000 on the previous year, Detective Senior Sergeant Scott McGill said in police magazine Ten One.

    "This can be directly attributed to enhanced intelligence collection and the good flying weather," he said in the magazine.

    Police often worked with the Royal New Zealand Air Force to transport large cannabis plots out of remote country.

    During the year police searched more than 820 houses and properties, leading to the record number of seizures and arrests, Mr McGill said.

    The results showed cannabis was a "gateway" drug to other criminal activities, he said.

    The magazine said the potential socioeconomic harm of $379m the drug could have had on the community was based on a conservative estimate of 226 grams of cannabis from each plant.

    Further record seizures could be achieved with greater liaison between drug squads from police national districts and the National Cannabis and Crime Operation and the National Drug Intelligence Bureau, Mr McGill said.

    He said public input was also very important.

    "Members of the public also make a major contribution to the success of these operations by providing invaluable information each year that leads to plots being located and offenders arrested."

    September 14, 2009
    The New Zealand Herald
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10597228

Comments

  1. lostmente
    potential to cause community harm worth $379 million.

    what does that mean? that its that much worth of drugs?

    141,000 plants * 226 g each
    =31,866,000 g

    street price of $10-20/g

    320-460million

    and with the average stoner being on the unemployment benefit
    180 pw - 120 rent/food
    50 pw for weed

    thats 6,500,000 pot smokers in a week.
    123 000 in a year.

    hehe bs stats but it amused me
  2. nibble
    "The results showed cannabis was a "gateway" drug to other criminal activities"

    Damn, SWIM can really relate - he smoked some cannabis this one time and before you know it he was murdering grannies, robbing banks and eating puppies. The horror of it all...
  3. Vonn
    And how is this supposed to show that cannabis is a 'gateway drug'? The only crime that this story mentions is growing marijuana.
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