Otago students charged with drug importing

Otago students charged with drug importing

Two Otago University students have appeared in the Dunedin District Court, charged with importing and supplying the class B drug ecstasy.

The men, aged 22 and 25, were arrested yesterday afternoon after a specialist crime team and New Zealand Customs executed multiple search warrants across the city, as part of Operation Albany.

Police seized supplies of ecstasy, cocaine, LSD and prescription drugs in the raids, along with about $18,000 in cash.

The charges of the import and supply of esctasy (MDMA) each carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, but Police say the investigation is ongoing and further charges are likely.

The police’s Operations Manager of Investigations, Roger Batten, says students using the internet to import drugs should be warned that "their actions are not anonymous, and there are consequences which could affect their future careers and travel plans".

The two men were granted interim name suppression, but will have to live at separate addresses and not associate with each other or potential witnesses, under the bail conditions granted by Judge Phillips. They're also subject to a nightly curfew, and are prevented from purchasing alcohol or illicit drugs.

The students were remanded to reappear in court on December 8.

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