8 Jun 2015

Four on trail over Chews Lane drugs raid

2:27 pm on 8 June 2015

Four people arrested after police raided an apartment at Chews Lane in central Wellington have gone on trial in the capital's High Court.

Kevin Chea, Abby Cummins, Kien Dao and Michael Debreceny are facing a range of charges, including supplying the Class A drug methamphetamine.

At the time of the raid of the apartment at Chews Lane, opposite the Wellington Central Police Station, police said they had netted methamphetamine with a street value of more than $1 million.

Mr Chea, Mr Dao and Mr Debreceny are all charged with importing the drug into New Zealand.

Crown Prosecutor Kate Feltham said a large quantity of cash was found in Mr Dao's room during the raid.

"Fifteen hundred dollars in one box, just over $400 in another, just over $1000 cash sitting on a shelf, and $350 in cash in his wallet," she said.

Handwritten notes about how to re-crystallise methamphetamine were also found in Mr Dao's bedroom, as were digital scales with traces of methamphetamine on them, and resealable plastic bags used to package methamphetamine.

The Crown will call about 50 witnesses during the trial which is expected to run for up to two weeks.

A jury of four men and eight women was chosen this morning.