Meth raids lead to long jail term

File image. © Andrew Bardwell
File image. © Andrew Bardwell

Police efforts to disrupt the supply of methamphetamine in Christchurch have led to the jailing of an Oxford man for four years one month.

Jeffery William Wyatt, 38, was arrested when police carried out a series of raids and searches on properties in Christchurch, Waddington, and Kaiapoi in March.

Police said at the time that the raids were part of Operation Oxford which targeted the sale and supply of methamphetamine.

Wyatt was one of two arrested. He later pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to import methamphetamine into New Zealand, possession of equipment and chemicals for drugs manufacture, and unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.

At Wyatt’s Christchurch District Court sentencing, Judge Jane Farish said the probation report and references spoke highly of him and his skills. “It is a pity you are wasting those skills by spending time in custody,” said the judge.

She said: “Apart from your criminal activities you are actually socially very responsible.”

The plan is for Wyatt to spend time in the Gore area, in Southland, after his release. He told the court he had bought a house in the area.

Judge Farish made an order for the drugs gear, firearms, and ammunition found in the search to be destroyed.



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