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Man jailed for importing and supplying methamphetamine

13 December 2013

Man jailed for importing and supplying methamphetamine

A 23 year old man was sentenced today in the Palmerston North District Court to 2 years and 4 months in prison for importation and supply of methamphetamine.

Dylan Richardson pleaded guilty to charges relating to importation and possession for supply of class A controlled drugs which he had sourced from online websites.

In August, Customs officers intercepted a package from the USA and addressed to a post office box held by Richardson. Inside the package was a heat sealed plastic bag containing 15 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of $15,000.

Manager Investigations, Maurice O’Brien says Customs continues to focus its efforts to disrupt the methamphetamine supply chain at the border using a multi level approach which targets criminal operations, big and small.

“Regardless of the method of importation or the amount we are committed to stopping this insidious drug from reaching our communities,” says Mr O’Brien.

Police and Customs officers executed a search warrant at Richardson’s home where they found numerous empty snaplock bags, a set of electronic scales, two point bags containing 1.1 grams of methamphetamine, and 2 grams of cannabis.

Also found at Richardson’s residence was a 1lb container of MSM, a dietary supplement which is a white crystalline substance that often is used by methamphetamine dealers to 'cut' or dilute the methamphetamine to increase the total volume for sale and enhance profit margins.

"This investigation is another example of the collaboration between Customs and Police with the joint focus of preventing illicit drugs from making their way into communities, and holding those accountable for their harmful actions," says Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson of the Manawatu CIB.

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