P cook found guilty
A Palmerston North jury has found a Tribesmen gang member guilty of involvement in a North Island drug ring.
Jeremy ‘‘Jed’’ Shane Horne, 41, of Murupara, has been found guilty on five methamphetamine related charges.
The jury foreman announced the unanimous verdicts in the High Court this morning, after about a day's deliberation.
Horne was then convicted by Justice Joseph Williams on two charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, and one each of possessing equipment for the manufacture of methamphetamine, possessing materials used in manufacturing and possessing pre-cursor objects.
His cousin and neighbour, Anthony Makete Te Moni, 42, was on trial facing four drugs charges, but pleaded guilty earlier this week.
As part of an organised ring, P was made in Murupara and Hamilton and sold by dealers in Manawatu.
Police conducted an electronic surveillance operation, dubbed Operation Stamp, in late 2010 and early last year which culminated in them making about 30 arrests in February 2011.
Te Moni will be sentenced later this month while Horne was remanded in custody.
No sentencing date for him has been confirmed.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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