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Courier jailed after Picton meth seizure

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017 Ben Leahy

A man arrested at the Picton wharf in 2015 with more than $1 million of methamphetamine in his car has been sentenced to six years and eight months' jail.

Stephen Harland was charged with possession of meth for supply after being caught driving off the Interislander ferry in September, 2015, as part of a major police sting targeting the drug's supply into Canterbury.

He had picked the drugs up in Auckland the day before his arrest from Rebels Outlaw motorcycle gang member Daryn Catley.

Catley gave him a bag with a shoe box inside and told him to drive it to Christchurch, where Catley would then take it back.

When police stopped the car in Picton, they found 1.1558kg of meth inside.

In the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday, Justice John Fogarty said the scale of the meth seizure called for a long sentence, however Harland had pleaded guilty, had no previous convictions and shown genuine remorse.

He said Harland had also acted only as a courier and been "wilfully blind" by not looking inside the shoe box containing the drugs.

The police sting also led to co-offender Catley being arrested and sentenced to a nine year jail term during an appearance in the High Court last week.

After Harland's Interislander arrest, police launched raids on two homes where Catley had been staying.

This included a raid on the Rebel Outlaw's Christchurch clubrooms, where they found cash, a small amount of meth and a sawn-off .22 rifle.

Next they searched Catley's former partner's home in Auckland, seizing 12.5g of meth, $162,890 in cash and utensils to smoke meth.

Earlier on Wednesday, Justice Fogarty allowed Harland's family to approach him in the dock where he cried and exchanged hugs with them.

Justice Fogarty said while Harland became social with Rebel gang members, they were not his "normal associates".

Instead, Harland had valuable friends, who had written to the court on his behalf," Justice Fogarty said.

"I think you can be sure they will be there for you when you are released," he said.

In a letter of apology, Harland said he was sorry for "humiliating" his family name and "causing undue stress on my parents and siblings".

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