Teen pleads guilty to 22 drug-dealing charges

Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014

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An Albert Town teenager yesterday pleaded guilty to 22 drug-dealing charges after a major undercover police bust in Wanaka.

Monty Archie Vass, 19, a kitchen hand, appeared before Judge Christina Cook in the Queenstown District Court on charges for offences committed between July and October.

He was convicted and remanded for sentence on March 24.

Extensive amendments were made to the charges as originally laid before guilty pleas were entered.

Vass pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply MDMA (ecstasy), two charges of offering to supply MDMA, supplying MDMA, procuring MDMA, six charges of offering to supply Ritalin, supplying Ritalin, procuring Ritalin, five charges of offering to supply cannabis, two charges of supplying cannabis, procuring to sell cannabis and offering to sell cannabis.

Sergeant Ian Collin said undercover police and an operational phase involving electronic interception identified several Wanaka residents allegedly involved in distributing ecstasy and LSD.

On one occasion in September Vass sold 2 grams of MDMA to an undercover officer for $900, he said.

Eight people have been arrested so far as a result of the undercover operation, dubbed Viking.

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- The Southland Times

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