22 Sep 2014

Tonga businessman jailed for drugs

3:42 pm on 22 September 2014

A Tongan businessman has been sentenced to 5 years and 5 months in prison after involvement in a huge drugs bust in New Zealand.

The owner of Auckland airport based Ezi World Cargo, Mosese Laumanu Uele, pleaded guilty to one charge of importing 250 kilogrammes of pseudoephedrine into New Zealand.

Although Uele was not the prime mover, he used his licence to operate in a Customs controlled area to allow the drugs into the country.

His lawyer John Kovacevich says Justice Mark Woolford was lenient in sentencing Uele, calling the offence out of character.

"He should be eligible for parole after 22 months. His honour Justice Woolford, he gave Mosese Uele the most lenient sentence in the circumstances that he could impose for an offence of that kind."

Lawyer John Kovacevich.