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Police awarded drug dealer’s Audi but don’t know where it is

The Christchurch High Court has ordered the forfeiture of nearly $245,000 following an investigation into Daren Standen's drug-related business dealings.

New Zealand Police

The Christchurch High Court has ordered the forfeiture of nearly $245,000 following an investigation into Daren Standen’s drug-related business dealings.

Police obtained control of more than $200,000 in cash and a 2003 Audi Quattro from a drug dealer, but the location of the vehicle is currently unknown.

The Christchurch High Court ordered the forfeiture after an investigation into Daren Standen’s drug-related business was uncovered in Christchurch.

Standen first came to the attention of police after officers were called to a family harm incident on Christmas Day 2020.

Investigating the incident, police found $226,785 in cash in the back of a car, along with 35.85 grams of methamphetamine and utensils.

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The 60-year-old was arrested and charged before pleading guilty to two counts of possession of methamphetamine for supply and was sentenced to house arrest, police said in a statement.

“The money was seized at the time of Standen’s arrest and held under the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery) Act 2009.”

The confiscation included that of a car which has not yet been found.

New Zealand Police

The confiscation included that of a car which has not yet been found.

On May 16, at the High Court in Christchurch, Justice Nation ruled on the forfeiture of cash and a 2003 Audi Quattro car – with a total value of $244,065.

Police were happy with the result, but the blue car with registration MPK920 had not yet been found and any information on its whereabouts was “welcome”.

Detective Sergeant Brendan Patten said the funds will be used to support initiatives that help reduce drug-related harm.

Police have encouraged people to report any suspicious financial activity, including “reports of people who appear to be acquiring property or leading a lifestyle incompatible with their means”.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the car is asked to contact the police on 105.