Mob drug busts see 10 in court
Ten people arrested during a police operation targeting Mongrel Mob drug activities appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.
An eleventh defendant was absent from court, but his lawyer appeared on his behalf.
Three of the defendants admitted their charges and were convicted, and the majority were further remanded until next month.
Shaun Verdun Tekahu, 43, was sentenced to two years and three months' imprisonment after admitting the four charges he was facing relating to methamphetamine and cannabis.
The charges were one of conspiring to supply methamphetamine, one of supplying methamphetamine, one of possession of cannabis for the purpose of supply and one of cultivating cannabis.
When sentencing Tekahu, Judge Bruce Davidson said the charge of supplying methamphetamine involved the actual supply of about one gram of the drug in February 2013.
The second charge, of conspiring to sell methamphetamine, referred to an incident about five months' later, when Tekahu was said to have been involved in a conspiracy to supply a further one gram of the drug.
When police searched his house on September 3 last year, they found seven foils of cannabis, 12 cannabis seedlings and a .22 rifle, for which he did not have a licence.
Judge Davidson said that while Tekahu had a history of offending, the majority of his convictions were not drug-related.
Tekahu was sentenced to two years and three months' in prison on the two charges relating to methamphetamine, and one year on the charge of possession for supply and cultivation of cannabis.
The charges were to be served concurrently.
Tekahu also accepted a charge of possession of a firearm without a licence, on which he was convicted and discharged.
Glenda Suzanne Tengahue, 43, admitted a charge of permitting her premises to be used for the sale of methamphetamine.
Before sentencing the former Blenheim woman, Judge Davidson said she was arrested after a co-defendant sold 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, worth nearly $3000 to an undercover police officer at her property.
There was no profit made, or "commerciality" on the part of Tengahue, Judge Davidson said.
A further charge of possession of methamphetamine was withdrawn.
Judge Davidson sentenced her to 200 hours' community work on the charge of allowing her premises to be used for the sale of methamphetamine.
Kingi Hamlin Kaukau, 32, was remanded for sentence after he pleaded guilty to one charge of offering to supply methamphetamine, one of selling cannabis, and one of possession of cannabis for the purpose of supply.
A further three charges, two of attempting to procure methamphetamine and one of supplying methamphetamine were withdrawn.
He was to reappear for sentence on April 30 on the three charges he has accepted.
Also appearing on charges relating to the police operation, known as Operation Farewell, yesterday:
Aaron Shane Harris, Christopher Bishop Wallace Taurima, Sean Barclay, Tony Taurima, Denise Adele August, Taurus Aporo Taurima and James Samuel Kiriona were all further remanded until April 30 for sentencing indications on their various charges.
Leanne Marie Parr, 42, was remanded for a pre-trial call over on June 10.
It is not known how many charges each of these defendants is facing.
The Marlborough Express