30 Apr 2013

Drug dealer jailed 6 years

8:54 pm on 30 April 2013

A man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for running a drugs supply operation the prosecution said was reminiscent of a Guy Ritchie film.

Daniel Oliver McGannan, 28, a wine merchant, fought extradition from Britain when he was accused of plotting the transport of almost 3kg of cocaine from South America to New Zealand.

Drugs with an estimated street value of about $1 million were discovered in the suitcase of a Mexican man at Auckland Airport.

He was allowed into New Zealand and monitored, leading to the arrest of five people.

McGannan, who has New Zealand and British citizenship, pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine.

A charge of importing drugs was dismissed, as the prosecution offered no evidence.

Prosecutor Justin Wall told the Auckland High Court that McGannan recruited his friends to distribute the cocaine.

Mr Wall said it was like a Guy Ritchie film - but without the funny ending.

Three other people have been sentenced in the case and another is going to trial.