Powerful handgun found along with drugs

September 4, 2017 | By More

Police found methamphetamine, a powerful handgun with ammunition, and $8000 cash when they searched a property in Aranui five weeks ago.

They now want to destroy the drugs, firearm and ammunition, and seize the cash, after 28-year-old Dylan Rudd Stuart admitted three charges in the Christchurch District Court.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a sawn-off .44 calibre Scout Magnum rifle and more than 50 rounds of ammunition, and possession of the class A drug for supply.

The meth possession-for-supply charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

A woman charged with being a co-offender is due to make a remand appearance at court tomorrow.

Stuart appeared by video-link from the prison today, before Judge Paul Kellar who had refused his application for bail when he first appeared in court on July 31.

The police raid – which was related to another inquiry – took place that day at an Aranui address where police allege Stuart and the woman lived.

They were still in bed in an upstairs bedroom next to a bedroom where three young girls usually slept.

Police found about $8000 cash between the mattress and base of Stuart’s bed, and under the bed was a plastic bag containing hundreds of empty small plastic bags of varying sizes.

In a black satchel next to the bed they found 5g to 6g of methamphetamine with a street value of between $5000 and $6000, and a single bullet. The bag contained Stuart’s identification card.

A box of 50 rounds of .44 Remington Magnum hollow-nosed bullets was found under the bed.

Stuart told police there was a firearm in the car parked outside, and they found the sawn-off, pistol-length rifle in the boot.

Stuart said the satchel was his, and the methamphetamine was his to use.

He said he had had the firearm for three or four days but refused to say where he got it, or why.

Judge Kellar remanded him in custody for sentencing on October 25. He asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.


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