Builder sentenced to 13 years in prison for meth

A Christchurch builder was sentenced yesterday to 13 years in prison in the Supreme Court of Auckland.

Riki Wellington, 28, was found guilty of four allegations of possession of methamphetamine for delivery and two allegations of methamphetamine delivery.

His sister, Chevonne Wellington, was found guilty of one charge for possession of methamphetamine and three allegations of methamphetamine.

Chevonne Wellington, 26, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Judge Matthew Palmer made powerful remarks about the damage caused by P-dealers during the joint conviction.

"Methamphetamine destroys lives and communities. Those who are dealing with methamphetamine cause and benefit from human misery," he said.

Wellington was one of three men accused of being in possession of the Class A drug methamphetamine and synthetic cannabis, with the intention of delivering.

Concrete worker Michael Heron and security officer Luke Samuel Mathers still have to be convicted.

The bust came after a series of drug invasions in Christchurch by the police in November 2016 with a methamphetamine supply ring.

Methamphetamine valued at nearly $ 500,000, along with cash, motor vehicles and synthetic cannabis were seized, said detective Sergeant Phillip Sparks.

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