Man charged over drug imports

Last updated 11:32 30/01/2013

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A Wellington man charged over importing drugs that remained hidden at Auckland International Airport for years has been remanded for two weeks.

Anthony Brian Newton, 54, a builder from Khandallah, faced 3 charges of conspiracy to import methamphetamine, importing the drug and possession.

The original set of charges laid two weeks ago are expected to be withdrawn by police and be replaced by the charges he appeared on today

Wellington District Court judge Bruce Davidson remanded him in custody until February

Newton's lawyer, Letizea Ord, said a bail application might be made in the High Court

Methamphetamine worth more than $200,000 was found in a Customs-controlled area of the airport nearly four years after it is alleged it was brought in.

A second man, Dinesh Manoharan, is also charged.  He is due back in court in March.

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