Toilet used to stash P, court told

ROB KIDD
Last updated 17:21 09/06/2014

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A high-ranking Head Hunters gang member stashed $1 million of P in a disused ladies' toilet during a police raid, the Crown says.

David James Dunn, 49, is on trial at the High Court in Auckland accused of possessing methamphetamine for supply.

The charge came after a police raid of the Head Hunters' Henderson clubhouse in West Auckland on May 11, 2011.

"The armed offenders squad members flooded through the address and detained anyone they found," Crown Prosecutor Scott McColgan said.

The officers swept the house and found Dunn coming from the direction of the women's toilets outside the property.

The bottom floor of the two-storey building on View Rd was being renovated at the time of the raid and McColgan said the toilet was being used to store building materials.

When a specialist search team moved in, they found a motorcycle "tank bag" in that area carrying two containers holding nearly one kilogramme of methamphetamine between them, which could be sold for up to $1 million on the street.

Also in the bag was a drink bottle which McColgan said had Dunn's DNA on the lid.

There was also a second bag found on the bar of the ground floor, which contained a phone, bank cards and more items belonging to the accused, as well as 15 grams of P.

McColgan said there was no dispute everything in that bag belonged to Dunn and he said it was significant the drugs in both bags were in identical containers.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Krebs warned the jury about the circumstantial nature of the evidence and drew their attention to potential issues about contamination of DNA evidence.

After the raid other members of the motorcycle gang were also charged but McColgan said it was only Dunn who could be linked directly to possession of the drugs.

Police found a finger print on the bottom of one methamphetamine container belonging to fellow Head Hunters member Bryan Collett but he was not in the house at the time and though he was charged by police, the Crown chose not to take the case to trial.

"[Dunn] is not standing trial because he's a Head Hunter or because he happened to be on the premises when this warrant was executed," McColgan said.

"He's not standing trial for a lifestyle choice.

"He's before you for what the Crown says was the lifestyle choice of being involved in the trade of methamphetamine."

The trial before Justice Kit Toogood is expected to last at least a week.

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