Dodgy drugs destined for Dunedin have been intercepted by New
Zealand Customs, it has been revealed.
Yesterday Customs Minister Nicky Wagner warned of a sharp
increase in seizures of potent LSD mimics and other analogue
drugs on blotter tabs.
While just 11 tabs were intercepted in 2011, more than 16,700
tabs had been seized at the border over the past 18 months.
Figures released to the Otago Daily Times by the New
Zealand Customs Service confirm the vast majority of
interceptions were made at the International Mail Centre in
However there had been two interceptions of 12 blotter tabs
in Dunedin this year.
The only other centres to have recorded seizures of the
blotter tabs this year had been in Auckland and Wellington.
''I'm very pleased at the huge effort Customs is making to
stop these harmful blotter tabs from crossing the border,''
Ms Wagner said.
She warned of recent hospitalisations in Christchurch and
deaths overseas, that ''show how easy it is to overdose on
these drugs, which have high potency levels''.
Earlier this year four men had to be restrained at a
Christchurch party after taking the drug, which has a street
name of N-Bomb.
One of the men suffered kidney and cardiac complications and
had been in a serious but stable condition in the
cardiothoracic intensive care unit.
N-Bomb (25B-NBOMe or synthetic LSD) sells as a white powder
in capsules. Recreational doses were measured in micrograms
so ensuring a safe dose was extremely difficult.
There had been one recent death associated with an NBOMe drug
in Australia and others elsewhere. The penalty under the
Psychoactive Substances Act for importing LSD mimics, such as
NBOMe, was a maximum of two years' jail.
Importing LSD has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.