Pair to be sentenced on drug charges

Last updated 08:07 18/12/2013

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Two men arrested as part of undercover police bust Operation Viking into an alleged LSD and ecstasy ring in Wanaka were remanded for sentence yesterday.

Campbell Blair Smith, 28, Daimon Jon Schwalger, 41, Oscar Jimmy Gold Arlidge, 28 and Monty Archie Vass, 19, appeared separately before Judge Phillip Moran in the Queenstown District Court.

Smith entered guilty pleas to supplying LSD and two charges of supplying ecstasy or an ecstasy analogue between August 31 and September 26.

Sergeant Ian Collin said Wanaka police and undercover officers identified people involved in the distribution of LSD and ecstasy in late 2012.

Interception was used to identify those responsible and phones and text messages revealed people involved in supply, he said.

Undercover police bought drugs directly and the operation recovered hundreds of LSD tabs and ecstasy valued at thousands of dollars.

During one meeting with an undercover constable, Smith supplied five LSD tabs for $120 and, on another occasion, ecstasy for $60. In-court media coverage was declined and Smith was convicted and remanded on bail for sentence on January 27.

Schwalger entered guilty pleas to charges of offering to supply a class B controlled drug on August 10 and supplying MDMA propane on September 13. He also supplied an undercover officer with ecstasy, and officers recovered 10g of cannabis plant in a jar during a search of his home.

Schwalger, a DJ, told police he supplied the drugs to "help people out" and was remanded on bail for sentence on January 27.

Arlidge was remanded on bail without plea to a Greymouth address until January 27.

He faces two charges of jointly conspiring to offer or supply a class B drug, five charges of supplying LSD, three charges of offering to supply LSD, three charges of offering to supply MDMA, supplying MDMA and possessing LSD.

Conditions included no association with any co- defendants in Operation Viking.

Vass entered no pleas to 22 charges and was remanded on bail to January 27 with conditions of no association with co-defendants, a 10pm to 5am curfew, no application for travel documents and no consumption of non-prescription drugs.

He is charged with conspiring to supply MDMA, or an ecstasy analogue, 10 counts of offering to supply MDMA, six counts of offering to supply cannabis, procuring MDMA, offering to sell cannabis and offering to supply Ritalin, all between July and October.

Injuring with intent

Esafe Katoa, 19, of Auckland, was sentenced to nine months' home detention, including drug and alcohol counselling, and ordered to pay $940 reparation for injuring with intent to injure and assault with intent to injure on October 17, and demanding money with menace with intent to steal on October 20. He approached two men in Fernhill Rd and asked for cigarettes but punched one victim in the face and elbowed the other man in the face. In the second incident, he demanded a bystander in Camp St buy food for him in McDonald's. Katoa followed the victim and demanded money. As the man entered his pin, Katoa withdrew $1300, gave the victim $360 and kept the remainder, which he spent that night on alcohol, food and accommodation.

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Assault

Jackson Allan Clark, 18, scaffolder, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and ordered to pay emotional harm reparation of $800 for three charges of assault on November 29.

Jody Michelle King, 40, cleaner, was sentenced to nine months' supervision for assaulting a bouncer on December 1.

Possessing knife

Ngoc The Ta, 40, of Lower Shotover, manager, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for possessing a knife in circumstances that prima facie showed an intention to use it commit an offence involving bodily harm on November 3.

Trespass

Shilo Davis, 21, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for being in a building without a reasonable excuse on October 19.

Disorderly

Theo Pretorius, 31, engineer, was fined $300 for behaving in a threatening manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start on December 6.

Causing injury

John Christopher Montepare, 29, US national, was ordered to pay $3000 emotional harm reparation and disqualified from driving for six months for careless driving causing injury on December 8.

Driving

Jamie William Paton, 35, builder, of Arrowtown, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for dangerous driving after speeding at 131kmh in a 70kmh zone on December 7.

Daniel Paul Jolly, 25, of Arthurs Pt, was ordered to pay $500 reparation for careless driving on October 18.

Drink-driving

Bede Michael Kean, 40, rigger, was fined $500 and disqualified for one year and one day for driving with a breath alcohol level of 461mcg, having been convicted of drink- driving at least twice previously, on December 15.

Leigh Michael Clarke, 29, 627mcg on December 15. Fined $500 and disqualified for six months.

Yukiko Tani, 25, of Frankton, 683mcg on December 6. Fined $500 and disqualified for six months.

Benjamin Todd Barnard, 38, firefighter, Canadian national, 948mcg, December 14. Fined $800, disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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