Five in court after drug raids
Five people have appeared in the Blenheim District Court following a police raid targeting Mongrel Mob gang activity.
Four others were granted bail without appearing in front of the justice of the peace in relation to Tuesday's raid.
Christopher Bishop Wallace Taurima, 47, appeared first yesterday afternoon, facing 55 charges following the raid, most which were drug-related. His charges included supplying methamphetamine, offering to supply or sell drugs including methamphetamine, cannabis, methylphenidate hydrochloride (a psychoactive derivative of Ritalin), and oxycontin (pain reliever).
He was also charged with conspiring to sell morphine and methamphetamine, supplying methamphetamine, selling cannabis, theft of a car, obstructing police, receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, and sending a message to a woman knowing it contained a threat to kill or harm.
Taurima, who had no fixed abode, was remanded in custody to reappear in front of a judge on Tuesday.
His associate, Amy Simone Elston looked distressed as she stood in the dock appearing on 52 charges, also predominantly drug related. The 45-year-old Witherlea woman was charged with conspiring to damage a property by fire, supplying methamphetamine, conspiring to supply methamphetamine, offering to supply methamphetamine, possession of the drug, and possession of and offering to supply methylphenidate hydrochloride.
Elston was remanded in custody to appear again on Monday.
James Samuel Kiriona, 40, was also remanded in custody to appear again on Tuesday.
The Blenheim man was facing 18 charges when he appeared in front of justice of the peace David Whyte yesterday. They included offering to sell cannabis, offering to supply methylphenidate hydrochloride and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and conspiring to enter a building with intent to commit an imprisonable offence.
Aaron Shane Harris, of Picton, was remanded in custody on the two charges he was facing until September 30, although he might be granted bail before that date. The 41-year-old was facing one charge of conspiring to supply methamphetamine, and supplying methamphetamine.
Glenda Suzanne Tengahue might also be granted bail before her reappearance date of September 30. The 42-year-old Blenheim woman appeared on one charge of allowing her property to be used for the selling of methamphetamine and one charge of possession of the same drug.
Also appearing on September 30 will be Natalie Elizabeth Parsons, Shantai Lawson and Kingi Hamlin Kaukau, who were all granted bail without appearance.
Natalie Elizabeth Parsons, 24, of Blenheim would face 18 charges, including supplying methamphetamine, offering to supply prescription medications including tramadol (pain killer) and phentermine (appetite suppressant), offering to sell cannabis, conspiring to sell morphine and tramadol, and possession of tramadol for the purpose of supply.
Shantai Lawson, of Blenheim, would face two charges when she appears on September 30.
The 33-year-old was charged with possession of needles and syringes for consuming a class B drug and producing methylphenidate hydrochloride.
Kingi Hamlin Kaukau, of Picton would appear on eight charges.
The 31-year-old was charged with offering to supply and supplying methamphetamine, attempting to obtain methamphetamine, selling cannabis, and possession of two spotting knives for the consumption of cannabis, and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.
Charlene Hinetai Karaitiana was also granted bail without appearance, and would face four charges on September 16. The 30-year-old from Picton faced a charge of selling cannabis, one of cannabis for supply, possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine and spotting knives for consumption of cannabis.