Man hid drugs in condoms

Last updated 15:57 05/12/2013

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A man who hid 212 grams of methamphetamine in 14 condoms in the ceiling at Auckland International Airport says he never thought he would get away with it.

Dinesh Manoharan, 36, had pleaded guilty to importing the methamphetamine.

The drugs were found four years after Manoharan brought them in from China. He had been held for questioning and, when left alone in a secure Customs area before he was searched, hid them in a ceiling.

Customs found nothing on him and had to let him go.

The drugs were tested for DNA once they were found and Manoharan was arrested.

In a letter read to the judge at his sentencing by his lawyer, Liz Hall, Manoharan said he did not think he would get away with sticking the drugs in the ceiling.

It had been on his mind and he had been more at ease since they had been found.

Manoharan said he knew he should not have brought the drugs into New Zealand and he had made stupid choices but now wanted to get on, do rehabilitation programmes and leave jail a better person.

Wellington District Court judge Ian Mill jailed him for four years.

The sentence was on top of an 11-year sentence he is already serving for a home invasion in Upper Hutt in 2011 where he and others broke into the home of Malcolm and Yvonne Wiffen, tied them up and stole $60,000 in cash.

The judge said he accepted Manoharan was not the mastermind of the scheme but he was more than a drug mule.

Another man is yet to stand trial for his alleged part in the importation.

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