More charges after armed police raid

By Sandra Conchie


Two more Tauranga men charged with methamphetamine offences following recent armed police drug raids have appeared in court, one of whom remains behind bars.

Unemployed man Damon Joel Best, 23, faced a charge of conspiring with Mark Gregory Kimber to supply the precursor material, iodine, knowing it was to be used to manufacture P.

Judge Peter Rollo remanded Best in custody overnight to allow further information to be put before the court. His bail will be reconsidered tomorrow.

Police also opposed bail for Kimber, 48, from Hairini who also faced a joint charge of supplying methamphetamine to two people.

The charge relates to an allegation that Kimber, together with Karl Rodney Goldsbury, 37, from Maketu supplied the drug on October 7 this year.

Kimber was granted bail by Judge Rollo on strict terms, including a nightly curfew.

He is yet to plead to the charges and is due back in court on January 7.


Meanwhile, two of the three people arrested following the explosion of a Katikati methamphetamine lab have been bailed.


Tracey Angela Farrow, 26, of Tauranga and Terence William Jones, 35, of Katikati appeared in the Tauranga District Court yesterday.


They were jointly charged with arson and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine for supply after a fire was deliberately lit when police stormed a Park Rd property on Sunday.


Maketu man Karl Goldsbury, 37, the third person who faces the same charges, did not seek bail and is due back in court on January 23.


Farrow and Jones were bailed to reappear in court for a status hearing on February 5.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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