An unemployed Christchurch man pleaded guilty to four charges of importing methamphetamine and ecstasy by mail during May and June 2016.
A jury was hurriedly ushered from a Christchurch courtroom when the man they had just convicted of drug importation began shouting in the dock and a woman in the public gallery joined in.
Russian and Ukrainian men who imported ecstasy worth $2 million through Christchurch Airport have been jailed for five years nine months, with speculation remaining about the drug’s final destination.
A Christchurch judge has added four months to the 11-year six-month jail term that a 33-year-old Christchurch man is already serving for drug offences.
A couple say they were unwitting drug couriers when they flew into Christchurch with 5kg of Ecstasy worth $2 million in a suitcase on April 6 last year.
A Russian national arrested at Christchurch Airport 10 months ago has admitted importing 5kg of the class B drug Ecstasy into New Zealand.
A strict phone-use condition has been imposed on two men charged with importing methamphetamine with a street value of $50 million from Mexico, as they are released on electronically monitored bail.
A second man has denied a charge of importing methamphetamine from Mexico in an airfreight consignment of safety lights.
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.
Name suppression has lifted on two men charged with a $50 million methamphetamine importation from Mexico, and they have been remanded in custody again.