Dodgy union ratbag outed as drug dealer

Well, looks like Unite union is branching out from dodging taxes into drug dealing:

A prominent South Island union organiser has been sentenced to community detention for trying to sell methamphetamine.

Sharna Butcher, 36, was sentenced on a charge of conspiring to sell a Class A drug in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon.

The Unite Union South Island organiser requested name suppression, arguing the publication of her name would affect her employment, however the plea was ignored by Judge Paul Kellar.  

Butcher, who admitted the offending earlier this year, was caught out by a text message which showed her asking if the recipient knew anyone who wanted methamphetamine.

Judge Kellar labelled the offending “serious” but admitted her role was a minor.

“[There was a] degree of planning and premeditation,” he told the court.

“Recreational drug use led you into contact with others and the more sinister side of the drug world.”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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