Ecstasy importer faces life sentence

A Tauranga man faces a life sentence after pleading guilty to importing the class B drug ecstasy via the darkweb site Silk Road. Photo: YouTube

A 21 year old Tauranga man who pleaded guilty to importing the class B drug ecstasy, is facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when he appears for sentencing in Tauranga District Court on February 20.

When he made the first order over the darkweb site Silk Road, Ashley Brian Hillis didn’t think it would arrive, he told police.

The police summary of facts states Hillis ordered ecstasy via the Silk Road in August 2016, and received 10 grams of ecstasy power from the Netherlands, which he consumed.

He made two more orders, one for 10 tablets and one for 25 grams of powder and 50 tablets.

Customs intercepted the packages which were both sent from the Netherlands and addressed to Hillis’ home address.

Hillis told police he got the idea from a TV programme and made the order at a time in his life when he was in a ‘bad space’ and made a very foolish decision which he deeply regrets. The ecstasy was for personal use only.

Hillis was convicted of importing the class B drug ecstasy under the Misuse of Drugs Act and remanded on bail until sentencing next month.

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Posted on 19-01-2017 15:18 | By whatsinaname

Totally agree


Posted on 19-01-2017 14:56 | By maildrop

With thebrad. It’s one of the least dangerous drugs, including cannabis, and the quantity he imported is hardly enough for supply, more like personal use. Whilst I don’t condone any form of illegal drug taking and agree a crime may have been committed, the potential sentence is out of whack. There are much worse crimes and criminals who get away with a slap on the wrist. He is a young fella who did a dumb thing and nobody got hurt.....hope the judge applies some perspective.


Posted on 19-01-2017 13:30 | By thebrad

Life sentence for that yet you can kill a baby and pretty much walk free wow New Zealand your justice system is embarrassing to say the least.

oh yeah

Posted on 19-01-2017 11:29 | By dumbkof2

since when have maximun sentences been served in this country except in the most unusal cases