Four Ashburton drug accused released on bail

Court House-Sept-2013-07Police did not oppose bail for four Ashburton people arrested on drugs charges after a series of raids and searches around the town yesterday.

The four were originally to appear in the Timaru District Court but no judge was available there today so they were transported in police custody for appearances in the Christchurch District Court.

Duty lawyers told Judge Emma Smith in Christchurch that the police were not opposing the release on bail but were seeking a series of bail conditions which the judge granted.

All four were remanded without plea to appear in the Ashburton District Court on August 18 on a total of 20 charges. Various conditions included living at specific addresses, reporting to the police station, and not associating with other alleged offenders.

Before the court were Angela Lee Kim Weir, 24, and Daniel Joseph Patrick Leahy, 23, a farmer, who live at the same address in Lismore.

Angela Weir faces five charges of supplying the class A drug methamphetamine, five of selling cannabis, and possession of cannabis for supply.

Leahy is charged with supplying amphetamine, supplying methamphetamine, and possession of a bong for smoking cannabis.

Christopher Leon Weir, 23, of Hampstead, faces two charges of supplying methamphetamine, and one of selling cannabis.

Joshua Aaron Bettle, a 28-year-old labourer from Ashburton, faces charges of supplying methamphetamine and selling cannabis.

The charges allege offending on specific dates from late last year through to July, and some cover periods of several months.

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