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Hawke's Bay Today - - FRONT PAGE -

He was green as, as they say.

He was also Green by name, and it was up to $20,000 worth of green that landed him in Napier District Court af­ter a chance bust that un­cov­ered a rub­bish bag filled with cannabis in a ve­hi­cle stopped at a drink-drive check­point.

The details un­folded af­ter Wil­liam Don Green, 27, of Napier, ap­peared in court yes­ter­day and ad­mit­ted a charge of pos­ses­sion of cannabis for sup­ply.

A po­lice sum­mary says a ve­hi­cle in which Green was a pas­sen­ger, one of three oc­cu­pants, was stopped at a check­point about 12.15am on March 31 (Easter Satur­day).

Po­lice no­ticed the aroma of cannabis and first found a “cannabis uten­sil” on the floor, ini­ti­at­ing a search in which “five pounds of pack­aged cannabis head” was found in the boot. Smaller amounts were found on the driver and Green, the frontseat pas­sen­ger. Po­lice say they were told by one oc­cu­pant the trio were on their way to swap the cannabis for a car and cash in Bay View, on be­half of Green, and that all three were tak­ing a cut of the cash. Green pleaded guilty be­fore Judge Brid­get Mack­in­tosh and was re­manded to ap­pear for sen­tence on Au­gust 10, with the judge seek­ing a report on whether home de­ten­tion was a suit­able penalty. Al­leged co-of­fend­ers Rus­sell James Clough, 28, and Jay Reuben Gib­son, 30, have de­nied the charge and are due to ap­pear in court again on Septem­ber 10.

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