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There was $150,000 in the bean bag, $130,000 stashed in the chiller, and even a shoe contained $40,000. Not to mention the pink stun gun.

Police found a treasure trove of cash, weapons and drugs at the epicentre of a large-scale methamphetamine enterprise in rural Woodville.

And just as helpful was a list leading the officers to the bounty.

Details have emerged in court about the Hope St property occupied by Sean Christiaan Murray, 43, and Jolene Rose, 36, where police found $764,830 cash and four grams of methamphetamine. There were 16 weapons in total – some loaded.

As a result of the raid on March 20 last year, Murray and Rose were jointly charged with one count each of supplying methamphetamine between July 2008 and March 2012, possessing methamphetamine for supply and possessing cannabis for supply. They were also charged with 14 counts of unlawfully possessing firearms, two of unlawfully possessing a restricted weapon – stun guns – and four of unlawfully possessing ammunition.

Murray has pleaded guilty to all 23 charges while Rose faces trial in the High Court at Palmerston North.

The Crown says she and Murray worked together, while the defence says Rose was not involved in the dealing. Detective Chris Allemann yesterday told Justice Lowell Goddard and the jury that at the property, police found a list that appeared to show where cash was stashed: “Chiller 130, BB [bean bag] 150 . . . shoe 40.”

The amounts were understated too; 130 actually indicated $130,000.

Two packets each containing $20,000 were found inside a black cushion in a wardrobe.

Also found was a “tick list” showing who owed money, a “Las Vegas” shoebox with glass pipes inside and 1436 small plastic bags. Under the couch was a cardboard box containing $50,000, Mr Allemann said.

A black bag in a bedroom was filled with $89,980 in cash. There were two small safes designed to look like books. Both were empty.

A pink stun gun was inside a cabinet while three television screens throughout the house showed security footage from outside.

A police scanner was turned on.

“Located near it was a list of police radio codes . . . and also a list of the frequencies which police radio uses,” Mr Allemann said.

The trial continues.



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