Woman sentenced for drug dealing

Last updated 07:15 11/12/2013

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A Picton woman arrested in relation to a police sting on the Mongrel Mob in Marlborough was sentenced in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Charlene Hinetai Karaitiana, 31, admitted charges of selling cannabis and possession of cannabis for supply.

Crown prosecutor Mark O'Donoghue said it appeared Karaitiana had been a selling agent for someone else for the four to five weeks before she was arrested on September 3.

Judge Bruce Davidson said police found three cannabis tinnies, a small amount of cash, and a tick list when they searched her home.

Karaitiana had tried to hide items while police searched her house but she eventually surrendered them.

She admitted to police she had been selling between 10 to 12 tinnies a week, Judge Davidson said. "This is low-level dealing," he said.

Her job, lack of drug and alcohol issues and her responsibility to care for her two young children indicated she was unlikely to re-offend, he said.

She was sentenced to five months' community detention commencing on January 7 with a curfew of 2am to 7am and 180 hours' community work.

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- The Marlborough Express

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