Woman admits meth-for-supply offence

A 23-year-old Aranui woman has admitted possession of the class A drug methamphetamine for supply, and has been remanded for sentencing with her partner in October.

Possession of methamphetamine for supply carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, but Shontel Marie Riley Hardaker will be assessed for her suitability for home detention ahead of her sentencing on October 25.

Christchurch District Court Judge John Strettell said the home detention assessment was not an indication of the likely sentence, after Hardaker pleaded guilty, a day after her partner.

When defence counsel Andrew Bailey entered the plea for her, police prosecutor Nicola Stratton withdrew charges of supplying methamphetamine, possession of cannabis for supply, and possession of a .44 Magnum sawn-off rifle and ammunition.

Hardaker will remain on bail for her sentencing, which will take place with Dylan Rudd Stuart, 28, who admitted charges of possession of methamphetamine for supply, and unlawful possession of the handgun and ammunition, at another court sitting on Monday.

Police said they found 5g to 6g of methamphetamine with a street value of $5000 to $6000 when they carried out a search on an unrelated matter at an Aranui property where the pair were in bed. They also found $8000 cash underneath the mattress, point bags which are commonly used to hold drugs, and the firearm in a car outside.

Stuart has been refused bail and remains in custody for sentencing.


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