Judge's warning doesn't deter dealer

Last updated 08:08 04/12/2012

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A Motueka tinnie dealer has been sent to jail for 12 months after failing to heed a judge's earlier warning if he kept offending with cannabis he risked jail.

Jared Nouata Shee was sentenced in the Nelson District Court yesterday after earlier admitting charges of possessing cannabis for supply, offering to sell cannabis and selling the class C drug.

Judge Tony Zohrab said that between June 5 and July 5, 38 text messages involving Shee showed him offering to sell cannabis.

He told police he was mainly a tinnie dealer but also sold ounces and 1/2 ounces of the drug.

Judge Zohrab said in November last year Shee was charged with more serious cannabis offending and was found with 142 grams of quality cannabis head and 42 grams of cannabis leaf packaged for sale.

There was potential there for Shee to have made a significant amount of money if he sold the drug commercially.

He avoided prison last year with one reason because of his youth.

He was given a sentence of supervision and community work.

Judge Zohrab said prison was the only sentence open to him yesterday, despite Shee's parents agreeing he could undertake a home detention sentence with them.

Shee had been given a clear warning but had kept on offending and the latest offending had a greater proof of commericiality to his sale of cannabis.

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