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Local man in court on drug charges

Monday 21 May 2018 | Published in Crime


Local man in court on drug charges
Police seized bags containing cannabis during the search of a Tupapa house.

Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams heard over 30 cases in the Cook Islands High Court on Thursday.

Ten of the cases involved charges relating to assaults or the offering of violence. Seven cases involved thefts or burglaries and six involved charges of excess breath alcohol. The remaining cases involved other various charges.

Samuel Kautai appeared in court on charges of possession of cannabis, using a premises to commit an offence, cultivating cannabis, and possession of a utensil. The charges come after the police executed a search warrant on Kautai’s house and property in Tupapa, late last month. During their search the police found drug-related utensils, dried cannabis, potted cannabis plants, and over 60 bags containing cannabis.

Kautai’s bail application is set to be heard before a visiting judge next week. Mike Mitchell will be taking over as Kautai’s counsel, after Wilkie Rasmussen was forced to withdraw due to election commitments.