New Zealand Police v Piripi Haywood [2016] NZDC 4570

Published 31 July 2016

Sentencing — significant drug operation — dealing in cannabis — dealing in methamphetamine — unlawful possession of a firearm — Sentencing Act 2002. The defendant was sentenced to five years and six months’ imprisonment on a raft of serious drug offences committed over a six and a half year period. Aggravating features included pre-meditation, the sustained nature of the offending and the significance of the potential yield. Discounts were given for the defendant’s self-referral and completion of rehabilitation programs, unlikelihood of reoffending and settlement offer in respect of forfeiture proceedings. **Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements.