Whangarei man alleged to have hidden P in toetoe

By Imran Ali

A Whangarei man and an associate allegedly found with drugs inside an inner city industrial building have denied charges of possession of methamphetamine (P) for sale.

The trial of Bernard Simon Monk, 33, and Warren Robert Henwood, 54, began before a jury of six women and six men in the Whangarei District Court yesterday. Monk is facing two charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale, while Henwood is charged with one count.

In her opening address, Crown prosecutor Moana Jarman-Taylor said Monk was stopped by police on Riverside Drive on May 18, 2011, after police became suspicious of his behaviour.

Monk ran about 20m into a mangrove swamp and appeared to have dumped items into a toetoe plant before walking back on to the main road.

A police dog later located from the toetoe three small snaplock bags containing a white substance - about 1.5gm of methamphetamine, she said.

Police also recovered $16,280 cash from inside his car and a set of digital scales, two cellphones, and empty snaplock bags from his Headland Farm Park home.

Ms Jarman-Taylor said that on June 3, 2011, a co-offender, Nicholas Joseph Nordstrand, travelled to Auckland and on his return he and Monk agreed to meet at a building on Herekino St, Whangarei, which was used by Henwood as a workshop and house.

More than 11.7gm of methamphetamine, a pipe for smoking the drug, snaplock bags and $3890 cash were allegedly retrieved, among other items.

Police found 1gm of methamphetamine in Nordstrand's underpants. Nordstrand has pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and was sentenced to four years' jail in August 2011, despite pleas that he be sent to a drug-rehabilitation centre.

Ms Jarman-Taylor said the items in the building were indicative of possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Earlier, Judge Duncan Harvey cautioned the jury to decide the case purely on evidence before the court.

The trial should last a week.

- Northern Advocate

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