8 Dec 2016

Home detention sentence for P possession

12:34 pm on 8 December 2016

An Auckland woman has been sentenced to 11 months home detention and 100 hours of community work for possessing methamphetamine for supply.

Michelle Hopa was arrested at Nelson Airport last year, after a flight from Auckland, with close to 85g of P worth about $50,000.

She appeared for sentencing in the Nelson District Court today, via video link from Auckland.

Judge David Ruth noted the charge normally carried a lengthy prison term.

But he said he had heavily discounted it on the basis of progress Hopa had made in self-recovery and rehabilitation.

Crown lawyer Jamie Crawford had earlier expressed concerns about benchmarks being lowered for meth users and dealers because of good behaviour, but declined to comment after today's sentencing.

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