Whangarei woman pleads guilty to more than 60 methamphetamine and cannabis charges

By Imran Ali

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A Whangarei woman has admitted more than 60 charges of possessing and supplying methamphetamine and cannabis in Whangarei District Court. Photo/File
A Whangarei woman has admitted more than 60 charges of possessing and supplying methamphetamine and cannabis in Whangarei District Court. Photo/File

A Whangarei woman has admitted more than 60 charges of possessing and supplying methamphetamine and cannabis.

Nicolette Sue Coutts, 43, pleaded guilty in the Whangarei District Court and was remanded in custody for sentencing in November.

She was arrested as part of police Operation Rex which focused on street-level drug dealers responsible for the distribution of meth.

In April 2015, the Northland Organised Crime Unit started investigating the source of meth supply in the region.

A large amount of cellphone records were examined that resulted in the identification of prominent drug dealers in Northland. Coutts was identified as a prominent dealer of meth and cannabis.

In Court last week, she pleaded guilty to 31 charges of supplying meth, 15 of possessing meth for supply, nine of possessing cannabis for supply, seven of offering to supply meth, two of supplying cannabis, and two of offering to supply cannabis.

On August 9 this year, police executed multiple search warrants in relation to Operation Rex. At 7.30am, officers arrived at her Raumanga house and saw Coutts coming out of a bedroom.

They located two snaplock bags and each contained 0.1 gram of meth near her bed. A pair of digital scales and $120 cash were located in her bedroom. The total amount of meth involved was 17.6 grams and about 88 grams of cannabis.

She declined to comment when arrested.

- Northern Advocate

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