Meth ring accused appear in court

12:53 pm on 2 June 2017

Two people arrested in a Wellington methamphetamine bust have pleaded not guilty and will go to trial.

Wellington District Court.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Drugs, about $400,000 in cash, 10 firearms and two stolen motorbikes were recovered in the raids in April.

The police investigation, Operation Walnut, also led to the seizure of $1.8 million of assets, including two residential properties, 13 vehicles, two boats and a jet-ski.

Ten people arrested in the large-scale raids reappeared in Wellington District Court today.

Nicholas Berkland pleaded not guilty to one charge of supplying methamphetamine and was remanded on bail until August for a trial date to be set.

Sarah Mazlin pleaded not guilty to supplying methamphetamine and will go to trial before a jury.

No pleas were entered by the other eight defendants. They have all been remanded to reappear in the Wellington District Court later this month, and four of them will remain in custody.