Drug accused appears in court

By Michele Hunter

A Judea man who was among the 25 people arrested in a major police operation in the Western Bay in the past two days has appeared in court.
Scaffolder Travis Alan Hunt, 27, faced one charge each of possession of methamphetamine for supply, supplying methamphetamine, conspiring to supply the drug, and possession of a glass pipe for smoke methamphetamine when he appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday.
The conspiring to deal and supplying methamphetamine offences are alleged to have been committed between January 1 and July 13 this year.
Officer-in-charge Detective Mike Brown said Hunt was arrested about 2pm on Wednesday after a search warrant was executed at a Brookfield Tce address, and a number of items of interest were seized.
Police opposed bail.
Hunt was remanded in custody by consent by Community Magistrate Jack Best, and will next appear in court on Tuesday, when he will make a bail application.
All those arrested during the police sting dubbed Operation Wella are due to appear in court over the coming week.
Among the arrested are members of five gangs - Headhunters, Filthy Few, Mongrel Mob, Black Power and Nomads.
Police say they found methamphetamine, cannabis, ecstasy, approximately $9000 cash, four firearms and stolen electrical equipment during the raids.
Meanwhile, unemployed Papamoa Beach man Trevor James Samson, 46, faced one charge each of supplying cannabis and supplying methamphetamine, and two charges of conspiring with another person to supply these drugs when he appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday.
The offences are alleged to have been committed between May 26 and June 19 this year.

Samson, who is yet to enter pleas to the charges, was remanded on bail by Judge Robert Wolff, subject to a number of conditions including not associating with his alleged co-offender and reporting to Greerton police station twice weekly.
Samson is due back in court on Thursday.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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