Man convicted after drugs sent by post

Last updated 14:13 07/12/2012

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A 65-year-old Nelson man who had a friend in the United States send him cannabis and magic mushrooms was caught after Customs officers inspected the package in Auckland.

Michael Lee Bortnick appeared in the Nelson District Court and admitted a charge of importing the drugs psilocin and cannabis.

Crown prosecutor Sophie O'Donoghue said Customs officers inspected a package sent from the US in May. It was addressed to a "Jeremy Dash" at a Cleveland Tce address, and had been sent by a "P Puff"' from a California address.

The contents of the package were described as a book cover. Inside was a box containing a plastic tube which had 30 grams of a green leafy substance, and a 14g bag of mushrooms.

The contents were found to contain cannabis and psilocin.

Police obtained a search warrant for the Cleveland Tce address, and Bortnick answered the door.

He told police he had previously received cannabis from friends in the US, but did not ask them to send him a specified amount. When his friend last visited New Zealand, they went to Akaroa and he remarked that he would like some magic mushrooms.

Bortnick was remanded until February 18 for sentencing.

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