Canterbury Police Organised Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a residential address in Linwood yesterday (3 December 2015) where a clandestine laboratory was located.
Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Stewart says a number of items of interest were observed at the address last night including chemicals and two firearms. "The scene examination will continue today and is likely to be completed over the weekend. To maintain the safety of the public and staff, armed Police will remain at the address until the scene examination has been completed."
A 48 year old man was arrested and is due to appear in Christchurch District Court today charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Police spoke to the other occupants of the property yesterday and investigations are ongoing.
“Everyone in our communities has a right to be safe and feel safe whether they are at home or at work. The community can help stop the availability of illegal drugs by reporting suspicious activity to Police, or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers. By working together we can make a difference and stop the crime and social harm associated with this illegal activity” explains Detective Senior Sergeant Stewart.
If you, your friend or family member wants assistance with drug addiction contact the Canterbury Police Organised Crime Unit or the Drug and Alcohol Help Line by calling 0800 787 797, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or visit their website www.adictionshelp.org.nz
Anyone who has any information in relation to this address should contact Christchurch Central Police Station on 03 363 7400.
Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Media note: due to operational commitments Detective Senior Sergeant Stewart is not available to verbalise this release.
Issued by: Lisa-Marie Brooks, District Communications Manager, Canterbury Police District