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Whakatane drug runner Ben David Howe sentenced

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Police uncovered evidence during a search at Howe’s parents house.

Howe was sentenced to 6 years and 7 months prison for the offending on Monday after pleading guilty to a total of six charges. Among the items found during the raid were an illegal firearm and ammunition, cannabis and meth.

As part of police investigations in Operation Emoji, a secret meth manufacturing operation had earlier uncovered kingpin Calebh Simpson and a plan to make 2kg of meth to sell in Auckland. Simpson was jailed in August for 12 years. Howe was described in court as Simpson’s right-hand man who had a ‘significant operational role’ in the enterprise.

This article is part of our News Shorts series where we summarise stories published in the legacy mainstream media, giving you the important details to save your time. You can read the full article here.

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