28 May 2012

Gang boss denies taped conversations are about drugs

8:20 pm on 28 May 2012

The leader of a South Auckland gang has denied that police recordings of him speaking to associates are about drug-dealing.

Killer Beez head Josh Masters is giving evidence at a disputed facts hearing at the High Court in Auckland prior to sentencing on four charges.

He was arrested in 2008 and two years later pleaded guilty to charges, including dealing methamphetamine and money laundering.

Mr Masters is now disputing some of the facts presented by police.

In one case, the Crown has evidence of a conversation between Mr Masters and another man in which the man asks for a jimmy.

Mr Masters says he is heard agreeing to the request because he thought the man was referring to Jim Beam bourbon and found out only later that the term jimmy was used for a gram of methamphetamine.

The part-time rapper says other taped conversations about money refer to the proceeds of CD sales not drug-dealing.

Mr Masters described the way drug use had affected his sister and the family. His voice cracked as he told the court that he never supplied methamphetamine to her.

He said had pulled a gun on a man who supplied the drug to her and told him he would shoot him in the legs if he did so again.