NZPA: A major police operation in the Hawke's Bay has uncovered what police say is about $40 million worth of cannabis and resulted in dozens of arrests.
The two-week annual operation involved property searches and arrests from Wairoa in the north down to Central Hawke's Bay.
Full details were not yet available though police confirmed the seizure of about 12,000 cannabis plants with a street value of $40 million, Hawke's Bay Today reported.
Police were pleased with the recent results, and the blow it had dealt to the drug underworld.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Foster of the Napier CIB reportedly said the number of plants seized was up on last year.
"We are certainly happy we have got 12,000 plants out of the system and arrested a number of people," he said.
More than 10,000 plants were seized in last year's operation and 47 people were arrested.