‘How-to-grow’ guide found in wardrobe after house fire unearths cannabis crop

Police were called to a house in Blenheim last November after fire departments found cannabis plants that had put out a fire on the property.

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Police were called to a house in Blenheim last November after fire departments found cannabis plants that had put out a fire on the property.

Police called to investigate a cannabis crop at a house in Blenheim after a cannabis growing manual was found in a closet in a house fire.

Hao Huang, 39, also grew 10 cannabis plants on his property. The plants as well as heat lamps and ventilation devices were found in a tent in a bedroom.

A police summary of the facts said the fire department was called to Taylor Pass Road at 1:35 p.m. on November 19.

The summary states that firefighters located the cannabis grow room in the bedroom while clearing the property, which prompted police to search the property.

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The police found fertilizer and irrigation in the bedroom closet, along with instructions on how to grow it.

The summary states that another search of the property found several packets of cannabis seeds in a refrigerator, $ 3,670 in a closet drawer, 66 grams of cannabis in bags, and two scales.

Hao Huang, 39, appeared in Blenheim District Court on Monday.

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Hao Huang, 39, appeared in Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Two other plants were outside in the vegetable garden, the abstract says.

The police also found rifle ammunition in the bedside drawer in the master bedroom.

In the master bedroom closet there was also a rifle in a pocket and additional ammunition in a snap-lock pocket.

Upon interrogation by the police, Huang admitted that he owned the rifle, but said it was “an antique he thought was a friend.”

He said he grew cannabis for personal use about three times a year.

Huang appeared in Blenheim District Court on Monday for cultivating cannabis, possessing ammunition, possessing a firearm and possessing a cannabis plant.

The charge of possession of a cannabis plant was reduced from a previous charge of possession of cannabis for delivery.

Through his attorney, John Holdaway, he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Judge Tony Zohrab asked the police if they were confident that there was a commercial aspect to growing cannabis, particularly since cash was found in the closet drawer.

A police prosecutor alleged that Huang was only charged with possession and did not believe that he was a supplier.

Judge Zohrab bailed Huang into custody to appear before the Blenheim District Court for sentencing on February 28th.

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