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BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 10:14 23/11/2012

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A former Tongan rugby team manager has been jailed for two years and four months for his part in a multi-million dollar drug deal that turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

Angus Naupoto was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland today for conspiracy to supply methamphetamine.

He pleaded guilty to the charge in October.

Naupoto came under police surveillance in July last year, suspected of attempting to import more than 100kg of methamphetamine from Tonga.

The charge related to activities between June and August 2011.

It turned out the methamphetamine did not exist but Naupoto was arrested for his part in trying to secure the massive amount of the class A drug.

Justice Sarah Katz described Naupoto's case as "highly unusual". 

She said Naupoto, who was widely respected in Tonga, had been duped by associates in his home country.

"You are held in wide regard by your family, church, village and the whole of Tonga. 

"It is rare to see a man of your background in front of the court. This is a huge fall from grace for you."

She maintained methamphetamine was a "scourge" on society. 

"This court can't be blind to the effect methamphetamine has on its users."

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