Synthetic drug sentence
A West Auckland man has been sentenced to four and a half months’ home detention for supplying synthetic drugs to his sister and cousin who both died after using the substances. Isitolo Uritua says he now wants to help others struggling with drug addiction. Marilyn Makikiriti, 26, and her cousin Junior Taneao died days apart in September last year. Police confirmed both deaths were related to synthetic drugs. Uritua was charged with two counts of supplying a psychoactive substance. He has not been charged with causing the deaths, but pleaded guilty to supplying the synthetics.