The Crown is seeking forfeiture of $2258 in cash found in the possession of a motorcycle gang member who has now admitted a methamphetamine charge.
Andrew Michael Smith, 28, understood to be a member of the Rebels MC, pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of the class A drug for supply, at a pre-trial session in the Christchurch District Court today.
Judge Jane Farish accepted the guilty plea but delayed entering the conviction against Smith so that his remand status would not change and stop him completing a course he is doing in prison.
He will remain in custody until his sentencing on November 28.
Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier said police stopped Smith as he got into a car in the carpark of a hotel at Woodend on the evening of July 10. The car had recently been hired in Auckland.
They searched the car and Smith and found methamphetamine. Police alleged it weighed 70g but the defence counsel Graeme Newell, of Auckland, has now asked the prosecution to re-weigh the amount.
Police also found the $2258 cash and a motel key. A search of that unit – rented by Smith – revealed empty plastic deal bags, a set of electronic scales, sim cards, and a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine. There was also documentation indicating that he had recently travelled from the North Island.
Miss Boshier said the Crown sought an order for forfeiture of the cash.
Methamphetamine has a street value of about $1000 a gram.
Smith has been in custody since his arrest.