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Tupari Graham Ngaia, 59, builder, appeared for sentence before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Queenstown District Court last week, for having cannabis for supply and growing cannabis, on March 24.
Crown prosecutor Michael Morris asked the court to consider a starting point of three years' jail.
Ngaia's lawyer said his client was near the end of his criminal lifespan and it was 20 years since the previous serious offending.
Judge Phillips said police found 34 plants and a box of dried cannabis head. The overall crop was capable of producing up to 4.5kg of the drug, with a value of $25,000 to $30,000. He said Ngaia, previously jailed for supplying heroin in 1991, was entitled to discounts for an early guilty plea.
"A large amount of cannabis would have gone on to the Central Otago market because of your endeavours," he said, noting that "would have had a major impact on that market."
Image via WikipediaThe judge sentenced Ngaia to 16 months' jail for the growing offence and nine months' jail for having the drug for supply, to be served concurrently.
(as reported in the Southland Times)
One cannot have this kind of competition in Pinot Noir Country. What kind of message does lying to the Public about Drugs give. Lying (even if it is just misinformed) from behind the Bench deserves three years, you irresponsible clown. Instead we spend $150,000 detecting, prosecuting and jailing someone who is nothing more than a social entrepreneur from a district where cannabis is universally 'endemic'. This kind of exaggeration and institutionalised myth making brings the justice, law and police into disrespect and drives people to drink. /Blair