“Fresh out of the pot” was a text allegedly sent to customers after a long-awaited batch of methamphetamine was finally ready.
Another, seemingly attesting to the quality of the drug, said “compliments to the chef”.
The texts are just samples of evidence the Crown has produced on the first day of a trial against four Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members who were allegedly running a methamphetamine ring in Manawatū.
Cain Liddington, Scott Allan, Andrew Sisson and Brendon Richardson all appeared before the Palmerston North District Court today, each facing a raft of drug charges.
The police’s Operation Buckle put the squeeze arrested 13 people and raided 16 properties across Palmerston North, rural Manawatū, Whanganui, Auckland, and the Bay of Plenty. Two methamphetamine labs were shut down.
Police also seized a stolen 2.6-tonne digger valued at $35,000, four high-end cars, six custom Harley Davidson motorbikes, as well as cash and a range of drugs including cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and cannabis.
One of the labs allegedly belonged to Allan, who the Crown says was manufacturing the drug for Richardson and Daron Gilmore, who would then on-sell it to a web of lower-level suppliers such as Liddington.