Woman on drug charge after selling medicine

Last updated 12:58 20/06/2014

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A 53 year-old woman who allegedly sold her prescription medicines has been remanded without plea after she appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday charged with unlawful supply of a class B controlled drug.

The woman, who was granted interim name suppression, was charged yesterday after several months of investigation by the Nelson police culminated in a search warrant and subsequent arrest.

The drugs that were the subject of the inquiry were prescription medicines the woman had legitimately obtained and which she allegedly on-sold.

Detective Sergeant Chris Roberts, of Nelson, said the arrest should serve as a warning to others that the practice of on-selling controlled drugs obtained by lawful prescription would be treated no differently than other unlawful drug dealing.

In other arrests yesterday and overnight, a 65-year-old woman faces two charges of failing to appear in court and a 20-year-old man was also charged with failing to appear; a 17-year-old woman was charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and a 55-year-old man was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.

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- The Nelson Mail

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