A bikie gang member has been arrested after he was
allegedly found with thousands of dollars worth of drugs and a large
amount of cash.
Armed police swooped on Andrew Michael Smith, 28,
understood to be a member of the Rebels MC, as he was leaving a
hotel in his car in Woodend, North Canterbury, about 8.50pm on
Thursday last week.
Detective Sergeant Rex Barnett said Smith was
found with about 70 grams of methamphetamine which had an estimated
street value of $70,000.
The gang member was also found with a large amount
of cash, Barnett said.
Police opposed Smith's bail when he appeared at
Christchurch District Court today charged with possession of
methamphetamine for supply.
He was remanded without plea to August 7 when his
Auckland-based defence counsel is expected to apply for his release
on electronically monitored bail.
The three-week delay will allow the application to
be filed with the court and the Probation Service to check the
suggested address in Christchurch.
Police have opposed bail and Smith has remained in
custody since his arrest.
He made a brief appearance before Judge David
Saunders in the Christchurch District Court today, by video-link
from the men's prison.