14 Jul 2008

Jury selected in drugs case

11:50 am on 14 July 2008

A jury has been empanelled at the High Court in Auckland for a drug case that is expected to take up to six weeks.

The drugs were discovered in shipments from China in 2005 and early 2006, with a potential street value at the time of $138 million.

Six men are accused of importing and then supplying Class A and Class B drugs, namely methamphetamine and pseudoephidrene.

Through a Mandarin and Cantonese interpreter, the six pleaded not guilty to the charges. One also pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing a firearm.

The jury of eight men and four women were told the trial is expected to take up to six weeks with more than 100 witnesses being called.