A Manawatu student accused of importing ecstasy, cocaine and LSD has forfeited more than $100,000 to the Crown.
Benajamen Patrick Belmont, 19, was issued with a forfeiture notice under the Proceeds of Crime Act for about $138,700.
In an appearance in the High Court at Palmerston North earlier this week, Belmont offered to forfeit the money to Justice Lowell Goddard. He did not have legal representation at the time.
"I don't have much chance of getting it anyway, so I may as well stop wasting the court's time on the matter," he told the court.
Justice Goddard said she was reluctant to make any orders without Belmont having legal representation, and asked him to confirm if he was happy for the court to go ahead with it, which he did.
Belmont is facing charges related to importing cocaine and ecstasy, possessing those drugs to supply, possessing methamphetamine to supply and dealing ecstasy.
He is expected to go to trial.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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