No bail for alleged gang member on meth charges

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 13:31 07/08/2014
Andrew Michael Smith
John Kirk-Anderson/Fairfax NZ
ANDREW SMITH: Charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply.

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Electronically monitored bail has been refused for a man alleged to be a motorcycle gang member charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply.

The application for bail for Andrew Michael Smith, understood to be a member of the Rebels MC, was heard by Judge John Strettell in the Christchurch District Court today.

Smith, 28, was arrested after a police swoop in Woodend, North Canterbury, last month.

Police alleged after Smith's arrest that he had been found with about 70 grams of methamphetamine, and a large amount of cash.

He has been in custody since his arrest, but applied for bail after his defence counsel Graeme Newell travelled from Auckland for today's appearance.

Judge Strettell refused to grant bail and suppressed the details of the discussion and the reasons for his decision. He remanded Smith in custody without plea to August 25.

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