Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Gap year student sentenced to home detention

Gap year student sentenced to home detention

A 19-year-old man was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court today to 12 months’ home detention and 200 hours community service for importing almost 2.5 kilograms of class C drugs.

David Dunstan of Hamilton, a student taking a gap year, was arrested and charged last October after Customs intercepted a number of packages from China containing various substances used to make ecstasy and LSD mimic type drugs, including 25-NBOME, bk-MDMA or methylone, 2-C1, and Methoxy-DALT.

The packages were sent from China between August and October 2013 and labelled and attempted to be passed off as skin care products or cosmetic samples.

Customs Manager Border Operations, Shane Panettiere says Customs officers at the International Mail Centre are well aware of what to look for and do excellent work detecting illegal shipments across a wide range of commodities.

“Importing by mail or freight and labelling them as something else doesn’t mean that these drugs will go undetected. Regardless of the method of disguise during importation, Customs is committed to stopping these illicit substances crossing the border and harming our communities.”

“Customs examines a wide range of powders and liquids, and items are not released unless we are absolutely certain they are legitimate. Offences will be investigated, those involved will be caught and prosecuted,” says Mr Panettiere.

Customs’ investigators identified that Dunstan had been the sole importer of the drugs, but had used the addresses of acquaintances to receive packages. The acquaintances were unaware of the contents of the packages and handed them over to Dunstan.

Dunstan received the maximum home detention sentence that can be handed out due to personal factors such as his age, previous good character, and the fact the he had not made any significant financial gain. According to Judge Thomas, Dunstan “escaped prison by a whisker”.

It is an offence against the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 to import a class C controlled drug into New Zealand. The maximum penalty, for importation of a class C controlled drug is 8 years’ imprisonment.

-ends-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Arrested After Ashburton Shooting

Police apprehended Russell John Tully just after 5pm this evening following the armed incident in Ashburton this morning.

Canterbury dog section and AOS apprehended Tully not far from Lake Hood. No shots were fired although Tully will be treated for minor dog-bite injuries.

Tully is now in custody at Ashburton Police Station. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news