Lengthy sentence for meth manufacturer

Last updated 12:05 14/08/2014

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A Northland man has been jailed for 19 years on a range of charges relating to manufacturing and supplying methamphetamine. 

Frank William Murray of Herekino was sentenced this week in the High Court in Auckland having earlier been found guilty of the 18 charges. 

Detective Sergeant John Sowter from the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand said after the sentencing that the 47-year-old was part of a network of manufacturers and supplier that stretched across the North Island. 

Murray was arrested as part of Operation Enzone, which Sowter said was triggered by intelligence gathered by Eastern District staff in Napier in July, 2012. 

"Over the next four months police and customs launched multiple operations targeting the manufacturing and supply of methamphetamine, GHB (fantasy) and precursor chemicals. 

"These investigations uncovered a number of supply and manufacturing operations in Northland, Auckland, Hawkes Bay and Wellington." 

Sowter said it was clear that this organised criminal group was also making extensive efforts to launder the money they were generating. 

"We uncovered numerous purchases of motor vehicles, tractors, diggers, farm equipment, boats and building supplies valued at over $250,000." 

Sixteen people were arrested in November 2012 as a result of Operation Enzone. 

"Police are pleased to see such a significant sentence that came after a great deal of hard work and that sends a strong message to those contemplating this type of offending," Sowter said.

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