Queenstown man charged with importing drug

Last updated 16:49 17/06/2014

Relevant offers


Trial date set for top cricketer facing rape charge Losi Filipo: High Court overturns discharge without conviction Group beats man like 'chopping into a log or fallen tree', court hears A bottle of beer and flowers left as tribute to murdered Dunedin man University scammer wants home detention rather than jail New trial for man let off on intimate video charge Cromwell man arrested in relation to importation of $200,000 worth of drugs Bremner's car was at slain couple's home before he killed his mother Prominent Dunedin family member in court on drug charge Trial call over date set for six accused in half-billion-dollar Kaitaia drug bust

A Queenstown man facing drug importation charges after allegedly ordering 2 grams of MDMA (ecstasy) through the internet has been remanded until July 14. 

Matthew Richard Hill, a 22-year-old telemarketer, allegedly imported the drug on June 4, and was arrested last night after Queenstown police received information from New Zealand Customs.

Senior constable Julian Cahill, of Queenstown, said Hill had allegedly bought the drugs over the internet by money transfer and had arranged for the package to be sent to a PO box in Frankton.

Appearing in the Queenstown District Court this morning, Hill was supported by family members and his fiance.

Police prosecutor Ian Collin told Judge Michael Turner that police did not oppose bail.

''On the face of it, the level of offending could appear significantly high,'' Collin  said. ''But this is at the lower end of the scale, and the defendant has had no previous matters [before the court]. He has roots here in Queenstown, and in light of that we have no objection to bail.''

Hill's lawyer Dale Lloyd said that Hill was born, lived in and worked in Queenstown, and held only an expired passport, which negated any risk of him fleeing the country.

The judge ordered Hill not to leave Queenstown or apply for a passport.

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content