Second man admits synthetic cannabis offence

October 3, 2017 | By More

A second man has admitted importing a psychoactive substance which could be used to produce up to 25kg of synthetic cannabis with a potential street value of half a million dollars.

Tipa Huki Moetu, 32, pleaded guilty to one charge of importing 500g of AMB-Fubinaca without a licence, and one of failing to carry out an obligation to provide a PIN access code to a cell phone, in the Christchurch District Court.

His co-offender, Steven Reece Galbraith, 30, had already pleaded guilty to the importing charge at an earlier court session.

The police summary says on June 21, 2017, the New Zealand Customs Service intercepted a package at the International Mail Centre in Auckland which was described as containing “organic pigment”.

The substance was tested, and then a controlled delivery of a replacement package was received and signed for at Galbraith’s address on June 28.

Galbraith later met Moetu at another address and handed him the package, and when Moetu lef, police searched and arrested him. At the police station Moetu refused to tell them his access code for his phone.

Moetu told police he purchased the package from Galbraith for $240, and Galbraith said he was asked if he could get a car alarm delivered to his house and did not know what was in the package.

Judge Paul Kellar remanded Moetu on bail for sentencing with Galbraith, on October 31

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