New Zealand police have arrested more than 2500 people and and seized firearms, properties and a luxury boat in a six-month crackdown on the cannabis industry.
Police also destroyed 130,000 cannabis plants and 280kg of dried cannabis with a combined value of $NZ135 million.
“That is a significant disruption to the supply chain,” covert operations manager Detective Inspector Paul Berry said.
“More importantly, we have prevented millions of dollars of harm by getting these drugs and the offenders off the streets.”
“We know that organised criminal groups are heavily involved in the cannabis trade. Targeting the supply chain directly impacts on their ability to operate successfully.”
Among the assets seized were 14 properties, eight cars, nine bank accounts and the boat.
Police also seized 327 firearms, 1.4kg of methamphetamine and 4150 ecstasy pills.
Mr Berry said calculations using the New Zealand drug harm index suggested more than $350m worth of harm was saved to the New Zealand economy.