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|Erin Alberino, pictured above, was arrested for methamphetamine — which she says turned out to be fake snow|
A New Zealand glamor model who was charged with possessing half a million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine said test results show the substance was harmless fake snow.
Erin Alberino, who is facing serious drug charges for the white powdery substance, said she had received results from Environmental Science and Research showing that the white powder was snow she bought from The $2 Shop, reports Bevan Hurley at the N.Z. Herald.
“The ESR confirmed that the substance was not methamphetamine, and that it was not an illegal drug of any kind,” confirmed Alberino’s lawyer, Fergus Steedman.
Alberino is on strict bail conditions at her parents’ home until her next court appearance on December 14.
“I would prefer to wait until after court but the results have come back as Instant Grow Snow, not methamphetamine,” Alberino said.
The model was arrested after a raid on a suspected “meth lab” in Feilding, New Zealand, last month. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply, possessing cannabis, and permitting a vehicle to be used in the commission of a drug offense.
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|Erin Alberino at work|
After the results came back, police spokeswoman Kim Perks had a lackluster excuse.
“The charge is one of a number of charges against a number of people,” Perks said. “It would therefore be inappropriate for us to comment at this stage.”
David Reid, 45, of Feilding — who was also arrested at the house last month — faces charges including conspiring to supply methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for supply and possession of material for manufacture of methamphetamine.
A third suspect, Shan Owen, 26, of Paihia, described as an associate of Alberino, was charged with conspiring to supply methamphetamine, possession for supply of meth and possession for supply of cannabis.
The drugs were being distributed across the North Island of New Zealand by people found at the Feilding address, court papers claim.