Third arrest over synthetic cannabis raids

August 18, 2016 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-07A third person arrested after major police raids on an alleged synthetic cannabis supply ring has denied five charges at the Christchurch District Court.

Fei He, 45, has now been remanded to a Crown case review hearing on October 3, when she will appear at the same session as the two alleged co-offenders.

She entered not guilty pleas before Judge Tom Gilbert today, to two charges of money laundering, two of possessing a non-approved psycho-active substance, and one of supplying a non-approved psycho-active substance.

Her defence counsel will be Miranda Rout.

The charges arise from police raids in early May when they seized synthetic cannabis worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, thousands of dollars in cash, and weapons including a gun and a torch fitted with a taser.

The police raided a house in Hei Hei, and a storage lock-up in Blenheim Road.

Already before the courts are Xiwen Miao, 27, a chef of Avonhead, charged with possession a non-approved psycho-active substance with intent to supply, and Zui Jun Zhou, a 31-year-old real estate agent, who faces six charges.

Zhou is charged with offering to sell the non-approved psycho-active substance, selling it, possessing it for sale, and unlawful possession of a taser, a shotgun, and ammunition.

The two men have already pleaded not guilty and are remanded to the same case review hearing, the next step on the way to a jury trial.

All three defendants are on bail.


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