Baby-faced teen’s drug operation

CUSTOMS officers intercepted packages containing a variety of illicit substances Elias Valentin Smith had imported from all over the world and paid for with bitcoin before police raided his unsuspecting parents’ home.

“It is an absolutely chilling thought that you would put your parents through that,” Judge Russell Collins told the teen as he jailed him for more than two years on Friday.

The NZ Herald reports Smith’s lawyer had argued the defendant was naive but Judge Collins asked: “Would a young gang prospect on the East Coast of the North Island, who is looking at prison time for methamphetamine, accept that someone who was purposing drugs on the dark net and paying in bitcoin was not worldly-wise and naive?”

According to the NZ Herald, the case has sparked concern over how easily accessible illicit substances are to young people online.

It was in October 2015, Smith’s last year at Albany Senior High School, on Auckland’s North Shore, that he first began his drug impo…

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