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Four Blenheim drug dealers have been sent to prison after an undercover police operation that was sparked by frustrated residents.

The offenders appeared in the Blenheim District Court for sentencing yesterday, on charges which involved the supply of methamphetamine, cannabis and ecstasy.

One of the most senior players in the drug ring admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Another man was sentenced to eight months’ home detention after he was caught selling cannabis to undercover police officers 11 times.

All the charges stemmed from a police operation targeting drug activity in the Riversdale area last year, known as Operation Queen.

Investigations into drug activity at Elizabeth St started in 2011, following a street clean-up project in the area.

Residents at the clean-up told officers the neighborhood could be improved by removing the street’s drug dealers.

Seven Marlborough properties were raided by police in September last year, including two in Elizabeth St, during which 11 people were arrested.

Some of those arrested have already been sentenced. A third house on Elizabeth St was raided on December 2 last year, after further monitoring by police.

The court heard yesterday that Mackenzie Anne Sheridan, 25, Lisa Aroha Taurima, 36, and Sloan Daniel Louis MacDonald, 36, sold a combined 15.2 grams of methamphetamine.

The drug was sold more than 50 times, and the trio offered to supply it a further 208 times.

Thomas William MacDonald Snr, 67, admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Between July and November last year, Glenn Edgar Douglas, 55, sold cannabis to undercover police officers 11 times, selling them one or two tinnies each time. Interceptions of his phone discovered he arranged another 43 cannabis sales by phone, and offered to sell the drug a further 13 times.

When police searched his house, they found about 10 grams of cannabis and a cannabis pipe.

Douglas was yesterday sentenced to home detention for eight months.

Judge Bruce Davidson yesterday described the drug dealing as premeditated, on-going, and for most of the offenders, commercial.

A further five people – Maria Chrisandra Douglas, Thomas William MacDonald Jnr, Rex Brandon Caldwell, James Arthur Holder, and Rachel Lorraine Russ – were further remanded on their drug-related charges.

Operation Queen came following a national drug operation in 2013.








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