A large consignment of cocaine bound for New Zealand streets
has been intercepted by authorities in Auckland.
Four Brazilian men were arrested yesterday over the haul.
Three appeared at Christchurch District Court today and were
remanded in custody.
A fourth man is due to appear at Auckland District Court.
Charge sheets allege that Marcos Andre Barbosa, 35, Josue Da
Conceicao, 36, and another jointly charged co-offender, tried
to import the class A controlled drug into New Zealand on
Two days later, they were allegedly caught in possession of
the drug, along with 31-year-old Thiago Augusto De Oliveira.
De Oliveira, a factory hand of Riccarton, was today remanded
in custody until Thursday for a bail application to be made.
Barbosa, a labourer whose address was given as being in the
Linwood area of Christchurch, and Da Conceicao of the same
address, have been charged with importing and possession.
Judge Jane Farish remanded both in custody to March 20.
The haul comes after a $1 million stash of cocaine was found
by chance in a shipping container in Christchurch in
Police say it was likely intended for European consumption.
- Kurt Bayer of APNZ