'Drug kingpin' jailed for 11 years

By Natalie Akoorie

A drug kingpin has been jailed for at least five years for masterminding a "sophisticated" multimillion-dollar drug importation business.

Gary Read appeared before the High Court in Hamilton this morning where he was sentenced to 11 years in prison with a minimum non-parole period of five years and three months for importing up to 70 packages of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used to make P.

Justice Kit Toogood said the Tauranga man executed an enterprising and cunning operation by disguising the drugs and mailing them from Thailand to unwitting friends and family in New Zealand, including his daughter.

The drugs had street values in the millions and were sold to gangs.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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