Northland mum sentenced for importing party drugs

A woman who imported more than 2kg of party drugs from the UK has been sentenced to 12 months' home detention.

Northland mother Victoria Louise Carson, 30, pleaded guilty at the High Court at Auckland in June to offering to supply methamphetamine and importing gamma-hyroxybutric acid - known as GHB or fantasy.

In the High court today, Justice Edwin Wylie today told Carson "you need to understand you escaped a prison sentence by a very fine margin".

As well as a year of home detention, Carson was sentenced to 200 hours' community work.

Her lawyer, Jon Wiles, said Carson suffered an "oppressive and abusive" relationship for a number of years which had brought about the offending.

Police have records of conversations between Carson and another woman that show she bought a litre of liquid fantasy for $9500.

The deal was done in October last year, according to the summary of facts read out in court in June.

Carson arranged for a man to pick up the fantasy and arranged for him to get an unknown amount of methamphetamine to sweeten the deal and ensure her drugs was not tampered with.

But Carson came to the attention of the specialist police group known as Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand and the Customs service.

Twelve packages addressed to Carson or her alias Vic Mare were intercepted at the Auckland International Mail Centre between April and October last year.

When the packages failed to show up to her Herekino home in the Far North, Carson asked a friend if she could have the packages addressed to the friend in future.

Police also have records of that conversation. According to the police summary, Carson's friend suspected Customs may have stopped the packages getting through.

According to police, the packages came through the Royal Mail service and originated in the United Kingdom. Police say in total Carson arranged to receive more than 2kg of the drug.


- Northern Advocate

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