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Meth importer jailed for 13 years

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/10/2016

A man who arranged the importation of methamphetamine while in a Rimutaka Prison cell has been sentenced to 13 years and two months in jail.

Egyptian national Mohamed Soliman Hussain Atta pleaded guilty to seven representative charges of importing methamphetamine and one charge of conspiracy to supply the drug.

He was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Tuesday.

Police said Atta's offending occurred over three months in 2014 and he used a number of cell phones, including one supplied by a former Corrections officer.

Detective Sergeant James Withington said Atta had used his international contacts to run the methamphetamine importation ring before being exposed by a joint operation run by police, Corrections and Customs.

In total, 11 people involved with the drug dealing have been sentenced, with three more yet to learn their punishment.

Det Sgt Withington said those convicted of importing methamphetamine were either patched gang members, or had strong gang associations.

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