Man pleads guilty to dealing meth from New Plymouth motel room

Police originally reported a seizure of 30 grams of meth after a raid on a New Plymouth motor inn, but the actual amount ...
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Police originally reported a seizure of 30 grams of meth after a raid on a New Plymouth motor inn, but the actual amount involved was much less. (File Photo)

A P dealer linked to 30 grams of methamphetamine has pleaded guilty to only having a fraction of that amount in his possession.

On Tuesday, Cameron Ian Duynhoven pleaded guilty to four charges related to the supply of methamphetamine.

The defendant originally faced nine charges, but five of these were dismissed by Judge Chris Sygrove during a hearing in the New Plymouth District Court.

A New Plymouth man has pleaded guilty to four charges related to the supply of methamphetamine.(File Photo)
Peter Drury

A New Plymouth man has pleaded guilty to four charges related to the supply of methamphetamine.(File Photo)

Duynhoven admitted to selling methamphetamine to people and having the class A drug in his possession between August 18 and September 28 last year.

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Lawyer Paul Keegan told the court the amount of the class A drug involved in the offending had been scaled back significantly from what was originally reported.

Following the August 18 search of a car parked outside a room at the Braemar Motor Inn on New Plymouth's Powderham St, police stated 30 grams of methamphetamine had been seized.

It was an amount Detective Heath Karlson described at the time as a "huge" find for Taranaki police.

However, Keegan said it had since emerged that only 1.5 grams of methamphetamine was found in Duynhoven's possession.

Keegan said he had been offered no explanation for the discrepancy in amounts.

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Judge Chris Sygrove requested a probation report, along with a consideration of electronically-monitored sentences, be completed before Duynhoven's next court date.

No application was made for the defendant to be released on bail and he was granted a further remand in custody.

Duynhoven previously pleaded not guilty to all the charges but following discussion between his lawyer and the prosecution, he changed his plea regarding the four charges. 

He will reappear for sentencing on May 16.

 - Stuff

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