A Kaiapoi man has admitted unlawful possession of a shotgun after a series of police raids in Canterbury early this month.
Michael Scott Holdem, 38, admitted the charge before Christchurch District Court Judge Gary MacAskill today, and was remanded on bail for sentencing on July 14.
Judge MacAskill asked for a pre-sentence report and a report to assess Holdem’s suitability for a home detention sentence.
He was arrested on March 5, after a series of police raids on properties in Christchurch, Kaiapoi, and Waddington, in inland Canterbury.
An alleged co-offender, Jeffery William Wyatt, 38, of Oxford, remains in custody after being arrested at the same time for possession of a pistol – a sawn-off 410 shotgun. He was granted bail at his first appearance but has since been rearrested.
Since then, Wyatt has been charged with conspiring with two other men to import the class A drug methamphetamine into New Zealand.
That charge was only laid yesterday, and Wyatt has now been further remanded in custody to April 14 for the hearing of an application for his release on electronically monitored bail.