Potential half-million dollar drug interception

August 31, 2017 | By More

A 30-year-old man has admitted importation of a substance which could produce half a million dollars worth of synthetic cannabis.

Steven Reece Galbraith was charged with importing a psychoactive substance without a licence, which police said was capable of producing up to 25kg of synthetic cannabis.

The police summary of facts said on June 21 NZ Customs Service intercepted a parcel at the International Airport in Auckland addressed to Galbraith and described as organic pigment.

It held 500g of AMB-Fubinaca, which police replaced with a placebo package which was delivered to Galbraith at his home address in Hei Hei.

He then arranged a time with an alleged co-offender to deliver the package to him.

A search at the address of one of Galbraith’s relatives found the burnt remnants of the courier package in the fireplace.

In the Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan remanded Galbraith on bail for sentencing on October 31. He asked for a pre-sentence report with a report to assess his suitability for a home detention sentence.

The alleged co-offender has pleaded not guilty and is remanded for a case review hearing on October 3.

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