Father who sold drugs to daughter jailed

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 10:23 25/07/2014
Peter James Edwards
David White
SENTENCED: Peter James Edwards, 58, pleaded guilty to supplying 72 firearms to people without licences and supplying methamphetamine.

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An Auckland man who supplied scores of guns to gang members and sold methamphetamine to his own 19-year-old daughter has been jailed for nearly six years.

Peter James Edwards, 58, pleaded guilty to supplying 72 firearms to people without licences and supplying methamphetamine.

Judge Nevin Dawson said 63 firearms, mainly cut-down pump-action shot guns with pistol grips, had not been recovered and were in the hands of West Auckland gang members.

The judge told the Auckland District Court today that police had noticed members of the Head Hunters gang were often located with similar firearms.

The stocks and barrels were cut down, often with pistol grips added, and the serial numbers removed.

Barrels on some guns had been threaded so they could have a silencer attached.

Investigations determined that Edwards, a beneficiary, had spent $50,000 over 18 months on firearms from Gun City stores in Auckland and Christchurch.

He had used his legitimate firearms licence to also purchase 16,000 rounds of ammunition and folding stocks, pistol grips and silencers.

Edwards told police he would sell the guns to people who turned up at his house.

He did not know their names and he declined to help police locate the weapons.

Judge Dawson said text messages seized from Edwards also showed he had supplied methamphetamine 42 times over the space of a year.

He sold his daughter $500 worth of methamphetamine on her 19th birthday and supplied her half a gram a week after that.

He also supplied meth to a 25-year-old woman and sometimes injected her with the drug.

Judge Dawson said Edwards' drug offending was "thoroughly scurrilous" and involved a breach of trust with his daughter.

Supplying firearms to gang members had placed the community at risk and was "among the most serious offences of this type of offending".

The judge began his sentencing, unusually, with the maximum sentence for supplying firearms to unlicensed people.

The drug offending was added to that resulting in a sentence of five years, 10 months in prison.

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