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Gang members jailed for meth ring

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/04/2017
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Auckland Headhunters gang members and their P cook have been given long jail sentences on a raft of methamphetamine charges.

Notorious gangster William "Bird" Hines, in the High Court at Auckland on Monday, was jailed for more than 18 years, with a minimum non-parole period of eight years and four months.

The 64-year-old's ill health was taken into account or he may have faced a heftier term.

The so-called "grandfather of crime", 72-year-old Peter Francis Atkinson, charged with manufacturing 1kg of meth and a further charge of attempted manufacture, was sentenced to 17 years with a minimum non-parole period of seven years.

"By your age even the hardest criminals have stopped. You are exceptional," Justice Mathew Downs told Atkinson.

Hines' second-in-command, 38-year-old Travis James Sadler, was jailed for 18 years and two months with a minimum non-parole period of nine years.

Justice Downs said Sadler was instrumental in getting the main ingredients, 4.46kg of pseudoephedrine from a dealer.

Sadler's 57-year-old father, Thomas Gordon Edwardson, was also jailed to six years in prison for possession of meth for supply.

Head Hunters gang member, Te Here Maihi Maaka, 36, was jailed for more than 16 years after he helped pay rent for the Panmure storage unit where five firearms, 136g of meth and large quantities of precursor ingredients were found.

Maaka's 29-year-old brother, Falco Brouq Cellah, was sentenced to 13 years for supervising the manufacture of the 1kg of meth.

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