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Lengthy jail terms for family drug syndicate

By Imran Ali

Jayne Crompton, left, Marc Ethelstone and Dean Theobald, were involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Photo / File
Jayne Crompton, left, Marc Ethelstone and Dean Theobald, were involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Photo / File

A three-member Northland family syndicate that used rental accommodation from Whangarei to the Coromandel to manufacture methamphetamine has been sentenced to more than 37 years in jail.

The sentences on Jane Crompton, 48, her brother Marc Ethelstone, 34, and her partner Dean Frederick Theobald, 42, were handed down in the High Court at Whangarei after the trio were found guilty by a jury in April.

Justice Mark Woolford sentenced Crompton to 14 years and six months in prison, Theobald to 13 years and three months and Ethelstone to nine years and eight months. Minimum non-parole periods were seven years and three months, six years and seven months, and four years and 10 months respectively.

Crompton was found guilty on four charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; three of possessing precursor substances to make the drug; five of possessing equipment to make the drug; five of possessing material to make the drug; two of possessing methamphetamine for supply; four of unlawfully possessing a firearm; two of unlawfully possessing ammunition; four of supplying methamphetamine; 13 of offering to supply methamphetamine and one of conspiracy to supply the drug.

She was found not guilty on five counts of offering to supply methamphetamine and one of supplying the drug.

Ethelstone was found guilty on two charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; one of possessing methamphetamine for supply; three of possessing equipment to manufacture the drug; three of possessing material to manufacture the drug; two of possessing a firearm; and one each of possessing ammunition; possessing precursor materials; possessing a restricted weapon (a stun gun); possessing cannabis for supply and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

Theobald was found guilty on four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; four of possessing a firearm; two of possessing ammunition; and one each of aggravated assault; supplying methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture the drug.

Crompton was singled out by Justice Mark Woolford as the primary offender who was determined to manufacture methamphetamine, even after a police raid at a Silverstream Rd property.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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