Manawatu Mayor praises police cannabis operation for 'stopping drugs in their tracks'

A large amount of cash was also found.
A large amount of cash was also found. Photo credit: New Zealand Police

Manawatu's Mayor is applauding police for their work shutting down a major indoor cannabis operation.

More than 1100 cannabis plants were discovered at a rural property in Feilding on Thursday last week after police were called out to a firearms incident.

The plants were found in two purpose-built sheds. Methamphetamine, 8kg of ready-for-sale marijuana and $800,000 in cash was also found.

Mayor Helen Worboys says she's glad the drugs won't be finding their way to the streets.

"Whenever we can stop drugs in their tracks from getting out into the community, and the damage that they do and the lives that they wreck, the better."

The bust was "one of the most significant indoor cannabis operations discovered in the past 10 years", police said on Tuesday.

Worboys said although drugs were found in many regions, the sheer size of the operation was surprising. 

"Our community's no different from any other community - we're not exempt from drugs or what goes on in the crime world. It's not something of the scale that I've heard of before."

A lot of friends and whanau would be impacted, she added.

"We need to be thinking of those people that are affected by it, but also the fact that it is a positive step that we've got this out of the system."

A 44-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman - both from Feilding - have been charged with cultivation of cannabis.

They have been remanded on bail and will reappear in Palmerston North District Court later in January.