3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine was hidden in skincare and
Methamphetamine with a street value of up to $3.3 million
and stashed in skincare and shampoo bottles, has been
intercepted by Customs and police.
The 3.3 kilograms of meth had been posted into the country
from Hong Kong, Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Parmenter
Customs officers at Auckland's International Mail Centre
intercepted nine bottles of skincare product that contained
traces of methamphetamine, on March 5.
The drug had been cleverly concealed but was not beyond
Customs' detection by it various operational techniques, Mr
"An individual or group of individuals went to a lot of
effort to try and smuggle the methamphetamine into New
Zealand without being detected."
Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ)
and Customs officers launched a surveillance operation to
track the intended path of the shipment, he said.
A second consignment containing 1.9 kilograms of
methamphetamine, also hidden in shampoo bottles, was
intercepted by Customs at the mail centre.
In total, the 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine seized during
the operation had a street value of up to $3.3 million, Mr
Customs manager investigations Maurice O'Brien said the
seizure was a very good example of Customs traditional work
at the border and the operation raised the level of
co-operation between Customs and OFCANZ.
"There are noticeable efficiencies to be gained in continuing
to combine our resources and expertise to mitigate the risk
that importation of illicit controlled drugs poses to our
community by international criminals."
Yesterday a 39-year-old appeared at Manukau District Court
charged with a number of drug related offences including
Possession of a Class A Controlled Drug for Supply.
A 24-year-old Chinese national was also charged with a range
of offences including Importing a Class A Controlled Drug.
A third defendant, a 22-year-old Chinese national, had also
been charged with Possession of a Class A Controlled Drug for