Drug dealers' appeals yield mixed results

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 12:17 26/06/2014
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Charlotte Curd
Father Oscar Chand,(far right) 42, of Auckland, his daughter and her partner Maxien Chand,(left) 23, and Haylen Ryder, 28, and Daniel Pue, 21,(back).

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A family of drug runners who appealed their jail sentences have had mixed results.

In July last year, Oscar Chand, Maxien Chand and Halen Ryder were all found guilty at a trial in the New Plymouth District Court of dealing methamphetamine, dropping off 25.9 grams of 71 per cent pure meth at Tommy White's Fitzroy home in the early hours of August 24, 2012.

The group was arrested at gunpoint by the armed offenders squad in New Plymouth as they headed out of Fitzroy in their Jaguar.

Maxien Chand, Ryder and Daniel Pue were also found guilty of possessing a loaded revolver stashed under the front seat of Pue's Jaguar.

The group was unaware they had been under surveillance by police.

All four appealed and the Court of Appeal released its decision today.

Oscar Chand, his daughter Maxien Chand and her partner Halen Ryder have all failed in having their most serious drug dealing convictions dismissed.

Ryder and Maxien Chand's convictions on unlawfully possessing a pistol were dismissed.

Both Ryder and Oscar Chand's appeals against their sentences were unsuccessful.

Maxien Chand's sentence appeal is allowed and was reduced from three years, 10 months to three years, four months.

Daniel Pue's appeal on the unlawful possession of a pistol was allowed and his sentence of 16 months in jail was quashed.

He will be re-sentenced at a future date to confirm a sentence of home detention.

He is currently on bail.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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