R v Taylor [2017] NZDC 25439

Published 10 August 2018

Supply of methamphetamine — conspiring to sell cannabis — unlawful possession of a firearm — unlawful possession of ammunition — drug dealing — drugs — R v Fatu [2006] 2 NZLR 72 (CA). The defendants were sentenced for their roles in the supply of methamphetamine and cannabis in the Manawatu area. The first defendant ran the operation from prison, the second defendant was largely involved as an investor but was also involved in one transaction, the third defendant moved the product and was for all intents and purposes the agent for the first defendant, and the fourth defendant was involved in two transactions. The first defendant was sentenced as the principal of the operation and was given discounts for the impurity of around half of the methamphetamine. The defendant was given a full discount for his early guilty pleas. The first defendant was sentenced to five years and six months' imprisonment, to be served cumulatively on his existing prison sentence. The second defendant was sentenced as an investor in the operation. The defendant was given discounts for the low purity of the methamphetamine, her age, health issues and previous good character, remorse, and guilty pleas. The third defendant was considered to be the first defendant's agent outside of prison. The third defendant was also given a reduction in sentence to reflect the low purity of half of the methamphetamine, but was given uplifts to reflect the additional charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition. A small discount was allowed for the defendant's insight into the offending and was sentenced to four years and three months' imprisonment. The fourth defendant was sentenced for her role in two transactions. The court took a starting point of three years' and six months' imprisonment and applied discounts for the impurity of the methamphetamine, time spent on electronically monitored bail and guilty pleas. An uplift was applied to reflect her previous convictions. The fourth defendant was sentenced to a period of 12 months' home detention. Judgment Date: 7 November 2017.