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Head Hunters meth cook jailed for 19 years

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/05/2016
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A meth cook who helped produce millions of dollars worth of the drug for the Head Hunters gang has been jailed for at least nine and a half years.

Elijah Joseph Rogers, 27, was part of an industrial-scale methamphetamine operation for the Head Hunters gang at a rural Northland property where he helped produce more than seven kilograms of the drug.

Another cook, Anthony Hone Mangu, 34, was also sentenced to a minimum of seven and a half years imprisonment at the High Court in Whangarei on Tuesday for his role in the operation.

Confiscated methamphetamine was tested and had a high purity of 73 per cent.

Justice Simon Moore described the methamphetamine operation as highly sophisticated and well-organised with the two men playing a critical role.

"It goes without saying that a significant level of skill, application and patience was required to have produced such vast quantities of methamphetamine at such a high level of purity," he said.

"You were not dabbling."

Most of the drugs produced were distributed in Northland and Auckland.

Both men were addicted to methamphetamine during the time of the offending between September and November 2014.

As a principal cook, Rogers was sentenced to 19 years, with a minimum non-parole period of 50 per cent of the sentence served, while Mangu, who was lower in the hierarchy, received 15 years imprisonment.

A third cook, Jaydean Hura, was sentenced to nearly 17 years in April.

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