fish' in Bali-based drug gang gets 16 years
Fri Jun 3, 2005
'Big fish' in Bali-based drug gang gets 16
A beneficiary was yesterday jailed for 16 years after being
convicted of importing methamphetamine valued at up to $650,000.
Allan Tony Murphy, 44, of Nelson, who is said to have connections
with the Lost Breed motorcycle gang, has been ordered to serve at
least nine years.
He was found guilty in the High Court at Auckland of importing 650g
of methamphetamine, which is commonly known as speed, possessing the
drug for supply and conspiring to make a further shipment or
The jury acquitted him of making a previous importation.
Prosecutor Kevin Glubb said it was a pernicious drug and Justice
Simon France said Murphy was "trading in misery".
The judge said Murphy was a high-ranking, trusted lieutenant in New
Zealand of the main Bali-based trafficker.
He was arrested after a courier caught at Auckland Airport agreed to
help the authorities.
Police wired up her hotel room with a video camera. After making
contact, Murphy was seen on the video trying to pry open the inside
of the suitcase with two knives.
At one point the courier asked him how long he had been "doing
Murphy, who had made a number of trips to Bali, replied: "A long
time, long, long time."
In 1982 he was jailed for two years for importing a small amount of
Initially, Murphy denied knowing anything about the suitcase.
At his trial he said he had arranged to bring in gold and diamonds
for his wife.
Justice France said that, unsurprisingly, the jury did not believe
The officer in charge of the case, Detective Sergeant Bruce Howard,
welcomed the stiff sentence and said Murphy was a "big fish".
The courier, South African mother-of-three Vanessa Amore Reynecke,
33, is awaiting sentence next month on charges of importing the drug
and possession for supply.