Jail over North Canterbury ‘chop shop’

Police car-Sept2013-02An in-prison drug rehabilitation programme lies ahead for a Pines Beach man jailed for 34 months for methamphetamine, receiving stolen vehicles, and driving charges.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders said at the sentencing for 26-year old Ryan Jay Mills that he was recommending that he undertake the Drug Treatment Unit course in prison.

That may be followed by another rehabilitation programme before Mills is considered for release by the Parole Board.

Judge Saunders said Mills needed to reconsider his lifestyle which brought him into contact with dishonest people – supplying stolen vehicles to him – and using methamphetamine as a commodity to make illegal income.

Mills was prosecuted for a series of driving offences: driving while disqualified three times, dangerous driving, and failing to stop for the police.

Police raided a property he was occupying at Woodend in October and found a $25,000 digger, trailer, and two vehicles in what was described as a stolen vehicle “chop shop”. He was charged with receiving the stolen vehicles.

He was also found with drugs and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply. He admitted all charges.

Defence counsel Kirsten Gray said he was motivated to do the drugs course in prison. Since his arrest he had “come quite a long way” in terms of maturity and taking responsibility.

Judge Saunders jailed Mills for 34 months and disqualified him from driving for 15 months. He made no rehabilitation order because it was not feasible because of the prison sentence.



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