A Hei Hei man has been granted bail on strict conditions after police drug raids on Wednesday relating to supply of synthetic cannabis.
Sui Jun Zhou, a 31-year-old real estate agent, was remanded without plea on charges that he offered to sell a non-approved psycho-active substance in November, sold the substance in April, and possession of it for sale on Wednesday.
He also faces three charges under the Arms Act alleging unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of a restricted weapon – a torch fitted with a taser.
Duty lawyer Trudi Aickin applied for Zhou’s release on bail at his appearance in the Christchurch District Court today. The police wanted him held in custody.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll decided that he could be released under a list of conditions and remanded him on bail to appear again in court on June 2.
He must live at his home address, where he has a night-time curfew and he must come to the door if the police check the address.
He has to report to the police three times a week, and he was given until 5pm Thursday to surrender his Chinese passport to the court. He is forbidden to apply for any travel documents.
He is also not to contact or associate with an alleged co-offender and he is not allowed to use a cellphone or access the Internet.
Later in the day, after a Mandarin interpreter had come to the Court House to help with legal instructions and the discussions in court, a 27-year-old Avonhead man, appeared before Judge O’Driscoll and was remanded on bail to appear in court again on June 2.
Xiwen Miao, a chef, entered no plea to one charge that on Wednesday he possessed a non-approved psycho-active substance with intent to supply it.
His conditions of bail are include living at a specified address, reporting three times a week to the police, surrendering his passport, not applying for travel documents, and not contacting Zhou.