Masterton meth supplier jailed

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Masterton man Darron James was jailed for 16 months after earlier admitting drug charges, possession of a Taser, and careless driving. PHOTO/FILE
Masterton man Darron James was jailed for 16 months after earlier admitting drug charges, possession of a Taser, and careless driving. PHOTO/FILE

A Masterton man has been jailed for 16 months for supplying and offering to supply methamphetamine.

Darron James pleaded guilty to the drug charges and to possession of a Taser and careless driving.

James had been driving when he crossed the centreline and crashed into two parked cars on the other side of the road.

Police had searched him and found a written "tick list", scales, some small plastic bags and cash.

A later search revealed a Taser and further cash, and police uncovered text messages indicating a number of methamphetamine sales, totalling 1.5g, and offers to sell of a further 0.8g.

Defence lawyer Ian Hard said James had no previous drug offending, there was no actual methamphetamine recovered, and "police had not ascertained whether the Taser was operable". Judge Barbara Morris ordered reparation of $1986 for the driving charge and disqualified James from driving for one year.

The judge also ordered forfeiture of the $4840 cash.

Mr Hard said that on sentence James would be taken back to Rimutaka Prison and released, because of the time served on remand.

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