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OPIUM DEN

CHINESE FINED £200

GAOL TERM ALSO IMPOSED

"You ran a pretty big show up in Grey's Avenue and now you are going to get a big penalty," said Mr. J. H. Luxford, S.M., in. the Police Court to-day, to Wong Yet (54), a Chinese greengrocer, in sentencing him to three months' imprisonment and also fining him £200 for permitting premises at 51, Grey's Avenue to be used for the smoking of opium.

Mr. L. P. Leary appeared for accused, who pleaded guilty.

Senior-Detective Trethewey said Detective-Sergeant Aplin and two other detectives visited the premises at 4.15 p.m. on July 19. The place was exclusively fitted up for the smoking of opium. Ten pipes and five lamps were found. Wong Yet admitted having used the place commercially for Chinese who went there to smoke opium at 10/ a smoke. Half a pound of prepared opium was found. This was the largest haul of opium made in Auckland for some time and showed accused was dealing in opium in a large way.

Mr. Leary pointed out that no Europeans were allowed on the premises. After selling his market garden about three months ago Wong Yet came'to the city. Finding it difficult to get other lodgings he drifted into the premises found himself the occupier.

"You were just trying to cash in on the failings of your fellow Chinese," the magistrate told Wong Yet. "We are, not going to have opium dens. If there are opium addicts with us and they have have opium, then vfe shall have to have clinics where they can be properly treated."

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OPIUM DEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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OPIUM DEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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