A Woodend man caught with thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine and cash last July, was jailed for nearly three years in the Christchurch District Court today.
Andrew Michael Smith, believed to be a member of the Rebels MC, was found with 70g of methamphetamine, which had a street value of about $1000 per gram. He also had $2258 cash, and was sentenced on a charge of possession of the class A drug for supply.
Smith was arrested when police stopped him as he left a hotel in Woodend, in his car.
Defence counsel Graeme Newell asked Judge Jane Farish to delay the sentencing today so that Smith could attend a treatment facility in Auckland first.
Judge Farish said she would have considered the request, but Smith had previous convictions for drug offending.
She said his family had written her letters, and said that things had quickly deteriorated for Smith when he had developed the addiction to methamphetamine.
Smith was motivated to attend rehabilitation courses, and Judge Farish said she hoped he could get into a clinic on his release, and persevere with his intention to fight the addiction.
She sentenced Smith to two years ten months prison, and ordered the destruction of the drugs, cash, and drug equipment.