Gang boss jailed for managing and advising on drug ring
The president of the capital city chapter of the Highway 61 gang has been jailed for his management role in a drug ring.
Peter William Evans, 58, had pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine for supply, possession of fantasy for supply, offering to supply morphine, possession of fantasy, participation in an organised criminal group and two charges of supply of fantasy.
He and others were picked up during a joint police and Customs operation called Fantail in 2013 and 2014.
Justice David Collins in the High Court at Wellington on Tuesday jailed Evans for three years and 11 months, saying while he had a hands-off approach, he was the manager of a large scale methamphetamine and fantasy supply ring.
He said Evans, who lived at the Highway 61 headquarters in Miramar, let the premises be used for the supply ring. Methamphetamine was found taped to a tree while fantasy was buried nearby in dirt.
The judge said Evans provided advice to the man running the drug ring who was living at the headquarters. Evans gave him information about where to source bulk methamphetamine, protection and supervision.
When the man moved out, he still regularly visited Evans for advice.
Coded language was used during the supply of the drugs and Evans let the premises be used for face-to-face meetings.
The judge said $85,000 was forfeited to the Crown and Evans had had significant profit from the drug ring.
Evans' lawyer, Simon Hewson, said his client had an accident when he was young that left him in chronic pain and it was not uncommon for the court to see people who used drugs to self-medicate.