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1080 blackmailer admits drugs charges

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/05/2016

Jeremy Kerr © One News Jeremy Kerr A man jailed for threatening to contaminate infant formula with 1080 has pleaded guilty to five drugs charges.

Jeremy Kerr, 60, was in March jailed for eight-and-a-half years for sending two anonymous pieces of mail to Fonterra and Federated Farmers threatening to put 1080 into infant formula unless the pesticide was banned in November 2014.

The letters, which also contained bags of milk powder laced with 1080, prompted an enormous response by the dairy industry, government departments, police and other businesses, which is estimated to have cost the country tens of millions of dollars.

On Wednesday, Kerr again appeared in the High Court in Auckland where he pleaded guilty to four charges of possessing a class B drug for supply, and one of selling a class B drug in late 2011.

He will appear for sentencing in July.

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