Bail denied for airport drug accused

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Two Tauranga men accused of couriering large quantities of methamphetamine to Dunedin on a domestic flight have been denied bail. Photo/file
Two Tauranga men accused of couriering large quantities of methamphetamine to Dunedin on a domestic flight have been denied bail. Photo/file

Two Tauranga men accused of couriering large quantities of methamphetamine to Dunedin on a domestic flight have been denied bail.

William Wiki, 34, and 32-year-old Jay Kiwi appeared via audio-visual link in the Dunedin District Court this morning, each facing a count of possessing the class-A drug for supply.

The pair's Auckland-based lawyer, Peter Kaye, argued today that both accused - who deny the allegations - should be given bail by Judge Michael Crosbie.

However, the judge was not convinced.

Wiki and Kiwi were arrested by uniformed police and detectives just outside the Dunedin Airport terminal about 10.30am on September 9 after arriving on a flight from the North Island, police say.

Following the arrests, the men were allegedly found with ounces of the drug in their possession. Police would not specify how much.

Wiki and Kiwi were remanded in custody to reappear in December. They have elected trial by jury.

- Otago Daily Times

- Bay of Plenty Times

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