A queenstown man charged with importing drugs into New
Zealand was remanded without plea at the end of a court
Matthew Richard Hill (21) appeared before Judge Michael
Turner in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.
He was arrested on Monday night. Hill allegedly bought two
grams of class A-controlled drug MDMA - commonly known as
ecstasy - online from overseas.
Senior Constable Julian Cahill said Hill, a tele-sales
officer, had set up a post office box in Frankton but the
drugs were intercepted by customs at Queenstown Airport on
Hill faces one charge of importing MDMA. Prosecuting Sergeant
Ian Collin said in court yesterday while ''on the face of
it'' the charge was serious and carried the maximum penalty
of life imprisonment, the alleged offence was ''at the lower
end of the scale''.
Seeking bail for Hill, defence counsel Dale Lloyd said it was
his first appearance before the court.
He said his client lived and worked locally, did not hold a
current New Zealand passport and it was ''unlikely'' he would
Judge Turner remanded Hill to July 14, imposing a condition
of residence and ordering him not to apply for a passport or
leave or attempt to leave New Zealand.