Methamphetamine dealer jailed

23:25, Jan 31 2013

A  P addict caught during a large Wellington police operation last year selling the drugs to others has been jailed for four and a half years.

Matthew Tema, 36, had pleaded guilty to conspiring to deal methamphetamine, supplying and offering to supply and breach of community detention.

Tema, who has a previous conviction for supplying drugs from 2008, was caught during Operation Marian, where police raided 12 homes and uncovered five P labs in April last year.

Several people have already been sentenced, including the man described as a key player Robert Taui who got six years jail last year.

Judge Davidson said during six weeks Tema dealt heavily in meth supplying worth between $5000 and $9000.

He made 32 other offers which would have seen him supply 47 grams of methamphetamine, worth up to $56,000.

The judge said there was an element of bravado in that because it was uncertain if Tema could have even managed to supply that amount of the drug.

The previous conviction was for supplying the drug fantasy to a partner who later died from an overdose.  Tema had been charged with manslaughter but was acquitted.

Judge Davidson said Tema had other convictions for other drugs and dishonesty offending.

Tema's lawyer Val Nisbet said he knew it was time to stop doing drugs and wanted to do so with his family support.


The Dominion Post