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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — 3 how ickfunwalkrun.co.nzTHEROTARY CLU BOFHOWICK125982 ONE-DAY OPENING SALE UP TO 75% ON ALL STOCK GRAND OPENING Friday, March 7 Trousers | Jeans Jeggings | Shirts | T-Shirts Jackets | Tops | Knitwear | Casual & Formal Shoes | Accessories Shop – 144 Pakuranga Plaza (opp Food Court) Ph 576 3729 www.thebodycollection.co.nz 124910 125077 if you bring in this advert before March 31, 2014. By Chris Harrowell AN ONGOING police crackdown on the manufacture and sale of illegal drugs in East Auckland has resulted in another suspect appearing before the courts. Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch (CIB) executed a drugs-related search warrant at a property in Whitford last Wednesday. Assisting with the large law enforcement operation at the home in Whitford Park Road were a police drug dog unit, the police’s specialist search team and the Eagle helicopter. Counties Manukau Police com- munications manager Kimberley Matthews told the Times that a 52-year-old man at the rural prop- erty was arrested during the police raid. Allegedly found at the Whitford home were seven cannabis plants and a quantity of dried cannabis material. The arrested man is charged with cultivating cannabis and pos- session of cannabis for supply. He was released on police bail and was due to appear in the Manu- kau District Court yesterday. The operation in Whitford on February 26 follows a search war- rant executed by Counties Manu- kau East Police at a property in Nelson Street, Howick, on Febru- ary 11. Two men, aged 35 and 25, were arrested and charged by police after 129 cannabis plants were allegedly found at the home. Also allegedly found was 400 grams of loose cannabis material. The men are charged with pos- session of cannabis for supply and cultivating cannabis. They are cur- rently before the courts. Detective senior sergeant Dar- rell Harpur, head of Counties Manukau East Police CIB, says: “We’re doing these search war- rants twice a week at tinnie houses or properties where drugs are being cultivated. “As far as we are concerned, ille- gal drugs are linked to property crime and there is often a gang ele- ment as well. “It makes a huge difference if we can take illegal drugs off the streets. “We have to stop the demand, which is easier said than done,” says Mr Harpur. To report the manufacture or sale of illegal drugs in South- East Auckland, phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261- 1300, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555 -111. Man charged over drugs Counties Manukau East Police officers swooped on a residential property in Whitford on February 26 looking for illegal drugs. Times photo Wayne Martin AN ALLEGED heartless act by a motor vehicle driver is adding to a family’s grief. On Sunday, February 23, Kirsten Harvey’s nine-month- old German Shepherd, Layla, was hit by a car on Aviemore Drive, Highland Park. The incident occurred between 6.15pm and 6.30pm near the inter- section of Aberfeldy Drive. Mrs Harvey’s young son wit- nessed a large, white car strike the dog before continuing to travel in the direction of Cas- cades Road. “I was in a state of disarray when it happened,” says Mrs Harvey. “Lots of people stopped to help put her in the car.” Layla was taken to an after- hours vet, but died about 45 min- utes after being struck. It is an offence under the Ani- mal Welfare Act not to stop after hitting an animal while driving. Incidents must be reported to the pet’s owner, if known, or the police, SPCA or the council’s Ani- mal Management. Anyone with information on the February 23 fatal incident can phone Mrs Harvey on 021- 761-027. car flees after driving into dog crime Robbers use baseball bat By Chris Harrowell POLICE are hunting three men who allegedly used a baseball bat to hold up an adult video store in East Tamaki last Sunday morning. The trio, who are yet to be identified by police, entered the Video Expo shop in Greenmount Drive at about 10am. There was only one employee of the business working at the time. Detective sergeant Steve Nightingale, of Counties Manukau Police, says one of the male robbers was armed with a baseball bat. The offender used the bat to smash a glass display cabinet that’s part of the shop’s counter, causing substantial damage. The other two men then went behind the counter. They took about 100 packets of synthetic cannabis before fleeing with the third male suspect. “A police dog unit tracked the men a short distance south of the scene in Greenmount Drive, but did not locate the offenders,” Mr Nightingale told the Times. “It’s believed the men fled in a motor vehicle.” An employee of the East Tamaki Video Expo store was waiting for the damaged glass to be replaced when the Times visited last Monday afternoon. Mr Nightingale says police are following lines of inquiry into the violent incident. Security camera footage recorded at the adult video store will be examined by police in the hope it may provide more information about the robbery and the three male suspects. Images of the three offenders and their physical descriptions have not yet been made public by police. People with information on the aggravated robbery of the Video Expo store in Greeenmount Drive, East Tamaki, at about 10am on March 2, can phone Counties Manukau Police on 261-1300, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip- off line on 0800-555-111.
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