Anger as drugs put children in danger

Last updated 05:00 08/08/2014

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A New Plymouth father of six was in trouble with his wife after armed police arrived at his house with a search warrant, a court heard yesterday.

In the New Plymouth District Court, Sharland John Rangi Niwa, 32, admitted two charges of supplying non-approved psychoactive product under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 and possession of cannabis oil.

All psychoactive substances were declared illegal on May 8.

Defence lawyer Eleanor Connole said there was fallout at Niwa's New Plymouth home after armed police entered on July 3 when his partner and four of their preschoolers were present.

His partner was angry with Niwa because he had put their children at risk through his illegal activities, Connole said.

Niwa ran out the back door, when police arrived, dropping a small resealable plastic bag containing "Not Pot" in the back porch where he was arrested.

He had five more packets of "Not Pot" in bags, totalling 6.8 grams. Cannabis oil was found in the bedroom.

Niwa was sentenced to 180 hours of community work for possessing cannabis oil, and convicted and discharged on the other charges.

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