14 Jul 2008

Drug trial jury selected

5:20 pm on 14 July 2008

A drug trial at the High Court in Auckland that is expected to take up to six weeks has been adjourned.

Six men are accused of importing and supplying class A and class B drugs with a street value of $138 million.

The drugs were discovered in shipments from China in 2005 and early 2006.

A jury of eight men and four women were empanelled on Monday morning. They were told the trial was expected to take up to six weeks, and that more than 100 witnesses would be called.

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 trial will start on Wednesday.