A man facing 71 drugs charges - including conspiracy to supply methamphetamine - has been remanded in custody while his lawyer considers thousands of documents, texts, and phone intercepts.
The interceptions were made under the new Search and Surveillance Act, and are now being released to defence counsel Tony Garrett, who represents 25-year-old Johnny Cox.
Cox appeared in the Christchurch District Court today by video-link from the men's prison where he remains in custody on 64 charges of offering to supply methamphetamine, five of supplying the drug, one of possessing it, and the conspiracy charge.
All of the charges involve class A drugs.
Police allege the offending occurred between March 4 and June 24.
They have asked for more time to file the details of the case with the courts.
Mr Garrett said disclosure of the police paperwork was continuing and asked for a two-week remand for that to be completed and the charges to be considered.
Cox has entered no pleas to the charges.
Judge Alistair Garland remanded him in custody to appear at court again by video-link on August 6.
No bail application has been made.
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