'Dial a tinnie' operation akin to pizza delivery service
An Auckland cannabis dealer involved in a "dial a tinnie" operation that ran like a pizza delivery service has lost an appeal.
Dedrick Simi pleaded guilty to seven charges of selling cannabis and one charge of possessing methamphetamine and was sentenced to 25 months in prison when he appeared in the Papakura District Court.
The court heard that Simi prepared and distributed cannabis to associates who either sold the cannabis "tinnies" from their houses or through a "dial a tinnie" service. Members of the public could text in orders and have cannabis delivered to their door.
It also heard that text data from the accused's phones over the course of the police investigation estimated the drug dealing houses and dial a tinnie service were selling more than 1000 tinnies a week, for a return of $20,160.
Simi appealed the sentence, on the grounds that the conviction was unfair because the judge did not consider home detention and had taken the top of the range sentence indicated before deducting mitigating factors.
However, Justice Susan Thomas in the High Court declined his application. In a just-released judgment, Justice Thomas noted that Simi's behaviour could be considered as "flippant" and he did little to satisfy the probation officer about the risk of reoffending.
A pre-sentence report noted Simi was "relaxed" about the whole operation and that he saw no problems with his continued gang associations while attempting to be a positive influence on the other people in the gang.
Simi had been operating his service from June, 2015 when he texted people to announce he was "back on deliveries". The Crown estimated that up until his arrest in November, 2015, he was selling at least one bag of tinnies a day, with total sales of 7 kg of cannabis, worth $87,000.
Justice Thomas concluded that she was satisfied Simi's sentence was not "manifestly excessive".