25 May 2010

Crown to appeal lifting of bail conditions on garden chain

3:40 pm on 25 May 2010

A Crown prosecutor is appealing a decision to remove strict bail conditions imposed on the directors and managers of a gardening chain charged over the sale of cannabis growing equipment.

Police arrested 250 people in raids on the chain in April. Directors and managers among those facing more than 700 charges.

The operation was the result of two years of undercover work by police.

A court order requiring every customer to hand over identification, including address and date of birth, was imposed as a bail condition for the stores to continue trading.

That order has since been lifted by Auckland District Court Judge David Harvey.

However, Crown prosecutor Ross Burns says Judge Harvey's decision is being appealed to the High Court.