Students face further drug charges

One of two Dunedin students accused of importing drugs is now facing another 13 charges, almost all of them with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The 25-year-old, whose name remains suppressed, yesterday had his case adjourned until early next year by a Dunedin District Court registrar.

The man was originally charged with importing and possessing the class B drug MDMA (ecstasy).

He now faces 13 additional charges - nine of importing ecstasy, one of possessing the class A drug cocaine for supply, two of importing a psychoactive substance and one of possessing such a substance for sale.

He was remanded without plea on bail to January 12.

The other man, Jakan Baigent McConnell (24), whose home is in the Waikato, has two new charges, one of supplying ecstasy and one of selling cannabis, as well as the two original charges of importing and supplying ecstasy.

Like the other man, McConnell was not present in court when his case was adjourned.

He was represented by counsel Len Andersen, who asked for a remand without plea to January 21.

Mr Andersen told Judge Dominic Flatley he was not asking for any continuation of the interim order for name suppression.