A Kaikoura man has admitted funding a P dealer and running a low-level cannabis dealing operation in the town.
In the Blenheim District Court on Wednesday, Ross Minshall Sadler, 20, of Kaikoura, admitted one charge each of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, offering to supply cannabis and possessing drug utensils. He will be sentenced on September 19.
Judge Tony Zohrab said in March Sadler had agreed to give $2000 to Kaikoura vineyard worker and co-accused Desmond Steven Stewart Ngawhare, 21. Ngawhare told Sadler he would give him back $4000 a week later.
Sadler knew Ngawhare was dealing methamphetamine, Judge Zohrab said.
Over two weeks in April, police also intercepted text messages from Sadler referring to buying cannabis and offering to sell it to people in Kaikoura, the judge said.
Sadler was originally charged with 30 charges of offering to supply cannabis, which were reduced to one representative charge.
When police raided his home on May 17 they found a cannabis pipe and spotting knives, which Sadler admitted were his, the judge said.
There were suggestions he was naive and had been targeted by a more experienced co-accused, but his offending was made worse because he had tried to profit from the drugs, he said.
"You have furthered the harm done to the community through methamphetamine and spread the use of cannabis in the community."
Crown prosecutor Hugh Boyd-Wilson said Sadler was a low-level offender, but he had sold drugs as well as supplying money to a man he knew was a drug dealer.
Defence lawyer Rennie Gould said Sadler had a heavy addiction to cannabis at the time.
He had only covered his costs, and not made money from his cannabis dealing.
He was a young man with no previous criminal convictions who was remorseful and had taken steps to address his issues.
Since the offending he had found a stable job in Christchurch and he had strong family support, Ms Gould said.
Sadler was supported in court by his partner and family members including his mother, who had travelled from Australia to support her son, Ms Gould said.
All the evidence was that Sadler would not offend again, she said.
- The Marlborough Express