Two weeks sleep after 'P' arrest

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2014

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A New Plymouth drug dealer addicted to methamphetamine spent most of the first two weeks after his arrest asleep in prison.

Reece William Maxwell, 28, and Chelsea Ann Cave, 25, yesterday appeared for sentence in the New Plymouth District Court after police raided their home and found evidence the pair were dealing both methamphetamine and cannabis.

Maxwell's lawyer Julian Hannam said his client had a significant addiction to meth. He had spent the first two weeks on remand in prison recovering, asleep the entire time. The danger in dealing meth to others was that he himself became a heavy user, Mr Hannam said.

In mitigation, Mr Hannam said Maxwell pleaded guilty at an early stage and the small quantities found were very low level offending.

The two pleaded guilty to methamphetamine and cannabis for supply.

Judge Keith de Ridder said police found 18.5g of cannabis head 1.6g of methamphetamine, tick lists, plastic bags, scales and $7000 in cash.

Maxwell was sentenced to a 23-month jail sentence because he was assessed as unsuitable for home detention as a result of his serious addiction.

Cave was deemed a low risk of reoffending. She had complied with her strict bail conditions and was dedicated to ensuring her home was drug free, Cave's lawyer Kylie Pascoe said. Cave's sentencing was put off to allow time for a home detention suitability report.

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