Two in custody after Tribesmen gang raids

November 29, 2017 | By More

One man and his mother have been remanded in custody after property searches and arrests at the end of a three-month investigation into the Tribesmen MC gang.

Another man was granted bail at a hearing in the Christchurch District Court.

The three appeared before Judge Tony Couch after search warrants were executed on Tuesday at properties in Christchurch and rural North Canterbury.

Police said that one of the addresses searched is believed to be a new pad which was in the process of being set up by the gang in Ohoka.

Andrew Michael Smith, 32, is charged with supplying methamphetamine, two of possession of the drug for supply, failing to assist an officer carrying out a search, and driving while suspended.

Connie Elizabeth Ross, Smith’s 50-year-old mother, is charged with being a party to possession of methamphetamine for supply, being a party to the supply of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun.

Mitchell John Sullivan, 18, a plasterer from Lincoln, faced charges of possession of methamphetamine for supply, possession of cannabis, possession of a utensil for using the class A drug, and failing to assist a police officer carrying out a search.

Smith and Ross pleaded not guilty all their charges, and police opposed their bail application.

Judge Couch remanded them in custody to a Crown case review hearing on February 7.

Police also opposed bail for Sullivan, but Judge Couch remanded him on bail without plea to December 20 for pleas. He was given a 24-hour curfew, and told not to have contact with the co-accused, or use drugs.




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