As the cannabis growing season comes to a head, police in Tasman District are calling on the public to be on the lookout for growers tending their plants.
Detective Sergeant Brett Greer said police were asking the public to be aware of vehicles in remote areas that seemed out of place, or people heading into the bush who did not quite fit the tramping and hunting mould.
Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast are all areas that attract a lot of cannabis growers and each year thousands of cannabis plants are recovered from the bush in this district. Last year in excess of 13,500 plants were found and recovered. This represents a significant impact to the growers and this year police are determined to increase the amount recovered.
Detective Sergeant Greer said if people spotted anything out of place, or had information about someone growing cannabis they could call their local police station.
"Ideally we want a description of the location, date and time, and if possible vehicle registration numbers.
"Over the next couple of months there will be increased activity by growers as their plants near harvest time."
Anonymous information can also be given to Crimestoppers, Ph 0800 555 111.