So where did the drugs go?

The story of gang drugs going missing from an evidence locket in the Waikato leading to the case against that gang member being dropped just won’t lie down.  The cop under the gun explains why he was so “friendly” with the gang

A former Huntly police officer believed it was his duty to forge relationships with gang leaders and criminals.

Blair Donaldson said it was his job, as a sergeant, to make those ties.

“If I’m on leave and there’s a gang homicide, they’re not going to speak to some stranger.”

Donaldson, 52, believes it was these relationships that meant he came under suspicion when police began a criminal investigation three years ago into the disappearance of methamphetamine from the Huntly police station.

About $5000 worth of the drug, confiscated from a Black Power member was taken from an evidence safe some time between June 2010 and January 2011, when a district-wide audit found the drugs missing.

Police have now admitted “multiple” drugs exhibits went missing from the station, but have refused to give details.

Two weeks after the theft was discovered, the gang member changed his plea from guilty to not guilty, sparking speculation within police circles that a “rat” had tipped off the gang that the drugs were gone.

Donaldson subsequently found himself the subject of a Code of Conduct investigation over an audit he had conducted of the station shortly before the drugs were discovered missing.

He was accused of falsifying the audit and later charged with serious misconduct. His relationships with gang members were brought up during questioning.

He strongly denies any wrongdoing and feels as though he’s been made a scapegoat. His record, including a bravery award for helping defuse a hostage situation, wasn’t taken into consideration, he says.

It isn’t too hard to connect the dots.  But to do so at a standard that can stand up in court appears to be the problem.  Especially when it turns out their “evidence safe” was a joke   Read more »

Too much information


Look, it’s a slow news day.  You can suffer this with me.

An inmate with more than 100 convictions was taken to North Shore Hospital after allegedly hiding drugs and a mobile phone in his rectum.

Patched Mongrel Mob member Paul Cloke is said to have raised suspicion among prison guards at Auckland Prison, Paremoremo, by acting “bizarrely” in his cell.

He was kept in an observation room before being sent back to his cell in the prison’s West Wing with other medium-security inmates. But a prison source said that the next morning guards noticed something was seriously wrong with Cloke. Read more »


Nigella needs special permission while fraudsters can walk right in

Something’s not right here.  Claire Trevett reports

Nigella Lawson needs special permission to visit New Zealand, but the “Wolf of Wall Street” will be eligible for a visa when he comes next month, despite having been jailed for fraud.

Last week it was revealed that British television cook Lawson had to get a special dispensation to visit New Zealand next month because she had been refused entry to the United States after publicly admitting using cocaine and marijuana.

She will be ineligible for a visa to New Zealand for the rest of her life, despite having no convictions.

However, no such dispensation is needed for Jordan Belfort on his visit to speak at investment seminars. A spokesman said Mr Belfort was yet to apply for a visa, but he was eligible because his sentence was less than five years and the conviction was more than 10 years ago. Only those sentenced to more than five years are ineligible for a visa for life.

There is such a legal bias towards drug related charges in the law.  There are people in the US imprisoned for life for marijuana possession.  But ripping off people from their hard earned money?  Meh.   Read more »

Futility of existence

Schapelle Corby admits to being a drug trafficker. That settles that then

Ah, the truth finds a way.

913511-dtstory-lawrence-corbySchapelle Corby had trafficked drugs into Bali three times before her arrest, and “acted crazy” to get her sentence cut, her former Australian cellmate Renae Lawrence claims.

Lawrence, one of the Bali Nine drug couriers, was secretly videoed making the allegations that were broadcast on Network Ten yesterday.

She said Corby, who was released from Bali’s Kerobokan jail on parole in February, was good at keeping her secrets, but “let one slip one night”.

“She said that she knew the marijuana was in the boogie bag, but the person who was supposed to be at the airport at the same time didn’t turn up,” Lawrence said.

“She told me and the other prisoner that she’d done it more than this time.

“She said she’d brought the drugs [into Bali] before three times.”

Lawrence also claimed Corby “acted crazy” to get her sentence cut.

Well, can’t say I blame her.  It saved her from life imprisonment, or worse.  You do what you have to do.  But the whole “innocence” routine was as fake as the rest of her.   Read more »

Mark Lyon’s porn pigsty and his massive unpaid clean up bill


PORN PICS EVERYWHERE: Pornography covered the walls of Lyon’s pad Photo/ Stephen Cook

By Stephen Cook

FORMER PROPERTY tycoon turned P-addict Mark Lyon is out from behind bars – and already fresh trouble is brewing.

The chronic 58-year-old methamphetamine addict, once renowned for his love of Versace, was arrested in May last year on weapons and explosive charges after an early-morning police raid on his rented Greenlane property.

The heavily-secured property, occupied by Lyon and his revolving door of transient young girlfriends, was a pigsty before the cops arrived – after they left it resembled a bomb site in war torn Beirut.

The owner of the property, car dealer John Murphy, is holding Lyon liable for all the damages – estimated to be upwards of $15,000 – and has now hired former champion boxer Sean Sullivan to recover the debt.  Read more »

Quarter of emergency department cases due to binge cannabis smoking

… is a headline you’ll see, never.

Almost a third of people seeking late-night treatment at Christchurch Hospital’s emergency department (ED) are there because of alcohol, with most binge drinking before needing help.

Data from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), released today shows alcohol contributes to 28.7 per cent of ED attendances between 11pm on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, and almost 20 per cent the night before.

The findings are part of a project carried out by students Rebecca Stewart and Manidipa Das to determine the effect alcohol has on the hospital’s ED.

The pair spent 336 hours in the ED between November 15 and December 9 last year and found 5 per cent of all admissions (182 out of 3619 patients) during that time were related to alcohol.

More than 80 per cent of those affected by alcohol had been “binging”, with 14 being the median number of drinks they had consumed.

And so we continue with the legalised evil that alcohol presents while suppressing the many benefits of Marijuana by classifying it as an illegal drug.

UOC emergency medicine Professor Mike Ardagh, who supervised the Canterbury District Health Board-sponsored project, said the findings proved interventions in the city’s drinking culture were needed.

He wanted the data to be used in the development of the Christchurch City Council’s draft local alcohol policy (LAP), which would include restrictions on the hours alcohol could be sold.

“I think the figures sort of speak for themselves in terms of the size and shape of the problem.”


Nichole Mathewson @ Stuff

I bet she was registered

Labour and the teacher unions claim that teacher registration is best in order to protect the kids.

Yet every week there is a parade of teachers through the courts on charges.

Like this one on drugs charges.

An early childhood teacher has been sentenced to six months home detention at the Auckland District Court for smuggling methamphetamine.

Hayley Jacobs’ lawyer spoke of her client’s considerable fall from grace, which has already cost the teacher her marriage, her home, her job and possibly her career.  Read more »

Not just munters getting smashed and high

New evidence suggests that it isn’t just munters getting smashed and high, rather it shows that drinking and drug taking in adults correlates with higher childhood intelligence.

Finnish researchers gathered data on 3,000 fraternal and identical twins and found that the sibling who was the first to develop verbal ability—speaking words, reading and using expressive language—also tended to be the first to try alcohol and to drink more heavily throughout adolescence. Verbal development may be correlated with social intelligence; the verbally precocious twin also had, on average, more friends, and could be more likely to end up in social situations where alcohol is present: “Good language skills reduce the likelihood of peer rejection… higher social activity predicts more frequent drinking in adolescence,” write the authors.

First to speak means first to booze and drugs?

Earlier speaking age is also associated with better academic performance throughout middle and high school and a higher chance of graduating from college—and achieving higher levels of education is also correlated with higher alcohol consumption. The authors hypothesize that intelligence is correlated with curiosity and a desire for new experiences: “Cognitive performance and reading abilities in childhood are related to higher stimulation-seeking tendencies.”

My experiences are certainly not like this study.

Drawing on the results of the National Child Development Study, which tracked for 50 years all British babies born during one week in March 1958, Kanazawa found that kids who scored higher on IQ tests grew up to drink larger quantities of alcohol on a more regular basis than their less intelligent peers. He evaluated other factors, including religion, frequency of church attendance, social class, parents’ education and self-reported satisfaction with life, and found that intelligence before age 16 was second only to gender in predicting alcohol consumption at age 23.

In Kanazawa’s model, illicit drugs constitute another evolutionarily novel experience—and he (and others) have also found a link between high IQ and experimentation with drugs. In Kanazawa’s study, the higher a respondent’s IQ before age 16, the more psychoactive substances he or she had tried by age 42. Another study found that 30-year-old women who had earned high scores on an IQ test at age five were more than twice as likely to have smoked weed or used cocaine in the previous year; men who had scored highly on IQ tests as children were 50 percent more likely to have recently consumed amphetamines or ecstasy.

Again not my experience, having never taken amphetamines nor ecstasy, and only  very mild drinker.

Possibly smart kids go on to have jobs that allow them to spend more money on expensive things like booze and drugs?

Better than drugs