Prisoner who ran meth ring from Rimutaka cell with help of Corrections staffer sentenced

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A prisoner who ran a methamphetamine ring from his Rimutaka cell in 2014 was today sentenced to 13 years and two months.

Egyptian national Mohamed Soliman Hussain Atta appeared in the Wellington High Court where he pled guilty to seven representative charges of importing P and one charge of conspiracy to supply P, police said.

The court heard Atta's meth ring was run from his prison cell over three months in 2014 with the help of multiple cell phones, including one given to him by a former Corrections officer.

International contacts were employed by Atta to run the meth ring before Operation Gandolf exposed him, run by police, Corrections and Customs.

Eleven people in total have been sentenced for their involvement, with three more yet to be sentenced.

Police Detective Sergeant James Withington said all of those convicted were "either patched gang members, or had strong gang associations".  

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