Man didn't expect to get away with hiding drugs

02:54, Dec 05 2013
Dinesh Manoharan
'STUPID CHOICES': Dinesh Manoharan.

A man who hid a 212g of methamphetamine in 14 condoms in the ceiling at Auckland International Airport never thought he would get away with it.

Dinesh Manoharan, 36, had pleaded to importing the methamphetamine.

The drugs were found four years after Manoharan brought them in from China.  He had been held for questioning and when left alone in a secure Customs area before he was searched, hid them in a ceiling.

Customs then found nothing on him and had to let him go.

The drugs were DNA tested once they were found and Manoharan was arrested.

In a letter read to the judge at his sentencing by his lawyer Liz Hall, Manoharan said he did not think he would get away with sticking the drugs in the ceiling.

He said it had been on his mind and he was more at ease now it had been found. 

Manoharan said he knew he should not have brought it into New Zealand and he had made stupid choices but now wanted to get on, do rehabilitation programmes and come out a better person.

Wellington District Court judge Ian Mill jailed him for four years.

The sentence was on top of an 11-year sentence he is already serving for a home invasion in Upper Hutt in 2011 where he and other broke into the home of Malcolm and Yvonne Wiffen, tied them up and stole $60,000 in cash.

The judge said he accepted Manoharan was not the mastermind of the scheme but he was more than a drug mule. 

Another man is yet to stand trial for his alleged part in the importation.


The Dominion Post