More than $2 million of methamphetamine and cash has been
seized and five people arrested after a joint operation
between Wellington police and NZ Customs.
More than 40 drug and Customs investigators searched
addresses in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Horowhenua
yesterday, seizing just over 2kg of methamphetamine, more
than $20,000 cash, a BMW and a Mercedes.
The high purity Class A drugs, which were concealed in LED
lighting panels sent from Hong Kong had a street value of $2
million, police say.
Wellington district crime manager Detective Inspector Darrin
Thomson said the joint investigation had identified a
syndicate importing a significant amount of methamphetamine
that police believed was destined for the wider Wellington
Four men aged between 36 and 52 and a woman aged 39 were
arrested and were due to appear before Wellington District
Customs manager investigations Mark Day said the
investigation was an excellent example of agencies working
together towards a common goal and utilising one another's
areas of expertise.
"The misery and destruction that methamphetamine causes New
Zealand families is enormous and police and Customs are
committed to acting swiftly and effectively in identifying
those involved in its distribution and ensuring they are held
Police Minister Anne Tolley said there was no place for the
"despicable drugs'' in communities.
"Police and Customs are working together to share
intelligence and they are getting great results. And through
the Proceeds of Crime Act, we are ensuring that criminals are
not profiting from this dirty business,'' Mrs Tolley said.
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson said the drug bust sent a
strong warning to those involved in the drug trade that they
would be caught.
"The dismantling of drug syndicates is a top priority for
this Government,'' he said.