Man appears in court on synthetic drug charge

19:40, May 28 2014

A man nabbed in what is believed to be Taranaki's first synthetic cannabis bust has appeared in court.

Last week Jason Bosson, 22, was charged with possessing a non- approved psychoactive product for supply following a May 20 police raid on his Stratford home.

Bosson is yet to enter a plea to the charge.

At the time of the bust, Detective Sergeant Mike Aro said a "large quantity" of synthetic cannabis was located after Stratford police received a tip-off from a member of the public. It has been illegal to buy non-approved psychoactive substances since a law change came into effect on May 8.

In the Hawera District Court on Tuesday, duty solicitor Jo Woodcock said her client sought a remand in order to apply for legal aid. She said he also wanted his bail conditions amended to allow him to return to his mother's home to live.

However, police prosecutor Steve Hickey opposed this move.

"There is a history of offending at that address, especially in relation to drugs," Hickey said.

Judge Max Courtney approved the address change and further remanded Bosson to re-appear in court on July 1. As part of his bail, he is also not allowed to consume non-prescription drugs.

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