Trio deny drugs charges
Three Christchurch people charged with drugs offences arising from the police's Operation Nebraska nationwide investigation have pleaded not guilty.
The trio have electedtrial by jury, and the trial may be held in Wellington.
Four alleged offenders appeared before Judge Christopher Somerville in the Christchurch District Court today.
One of them Jamie Daniel Robinson, a 27-year-old storeman from Riccarton, faces 18 charges including supplying and offering to supply methamphetamine, producing, possessing and supplying the class C drug benzylpiperazine (BZP or party pills), as well as obtaining credit by deception, and unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges.
Defence counsel Michael Starling asked for Robinson to be remanded on bail to another date in Christchurch, without plea. Judge Somerville continued bail for the remand to March 14.
Hugh James Robinson, a 58-year-old manager from Riccarton, pleaded not guilty to five charges: possession and conspiracy to deal in drugs, producing BZP, and unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges.
Elizabeth Wendy Morrison, a 44-year-old fishery worker from Sumner, denied charges of supplying and conspiring to supply methamphetamine.
A 42-year-old Linwood mother, who has a six-year-old child, denies charges of conspiring to deal with methamphetamine and possession of the drug for supply. She was granted continued name suppression.
The three who have elected trial were all remanded on bail to a case review hearing in Wellington on April 10. Prosecutor Stephen Burdes said the charges had originated in Wellington.
Andrew McKenzie, counsel for the Linwood woman, said he accepted that the case review hearing would be held in Wellington, but he did not accept that the trial should eventually be held there.