Denial over meth importation charge

One of the two men charged with importing 49 kilograms of methamphetamine from Mexico pleaded not guilty to his charges in the Christchurch District Court.

Johnathon James Seal, 25, denied importing the methamphetamine with a potential street value of $50 million, and possession of the class A drug for supply.

His defence counsel, Steve Hembrow, said he had not received all the documentation from the police yet, and Judge Stephen O’Driscoll remanded him in custody to December 14 for an electronically monitored bail application.

The second man charged, 31-year-old Michael Harrison-Cooper, did not enter pleas, and was remanded in custody to December 18.

His defence counsel, Pip Hall QC, said he would apply for electronically monitored bail on that day.

The police alleged the drugs arrived into Christchurch in an airfreight consignment from Mexico. The methamphetamine was found in the shipment of safety lights.

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