He pleaded guilty to two charges of importing methamphetamine and ecstasy as well as dealing the drugs within the country at a District Court recently.

A Police Investigation dubbed Operation Skillet which led to the arrests of 3 suspected drug dealers has seen one of the suspected pleading guilty to the importation and distribution of methamphetamine and ecstasy in New Zealand.

The accused, a Timothy Robert Fearn (33) from Christchurch confessed to having imported the drugs from the United States and other countries using the dark web as a conduit for ordering and making the purchases.

Following his guilty plea, he was remanded to stay in Police Custody until his sentencing hearing scheduled for 25th March by Judge Jane Farish who ruled that upon careful thought of the factors involved including an alcohol and drugs assessment, she would consider home detention in place of a jail term.

Investigations proved that the drugs were discovered after a package intended for Fearn was intercepted by Customs agents who say they found 27 grams of methamphetamine and 3.6 grams of ecstasy at the International Mail Centre addressed to another person but headed for Fearn’s residence.

Customs say they found 27 grams of meth in the package

Upon his arrest, Fearn initially refused to accept responsibility for the importation of the drugs but said he was only assisting an acquaintance, who he offered financial assistance to pay for the drugs. He maintained that the acquaintance was responsible for making the orders of the drugs involved, however Fearn was interested in using them for personal use and selling off the rest.

Upon further investigations, law enforcement claimed evidence found on his cell phone proved he was indeed dealing the drugs involved. The other two indicted in the course of the Operation Skillet investigation have since been convicted for their various roles in the areas of drug dealing as well as the use of the dark web as a conduit for ordering drugs online.

The Crown sharing a comment on the case, said,

It is common for the importer of these goods to use false or fictitious names but to use addresses that they have some sort of control over so they can retrieve the items when it arrives.

They added that in recent times, the dark web has given rise to these illegal business ventures as they offer anonymity and allow the perpetrators to pay for the goods rendered in virtual currency i.e, Bitcoin


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