Cus­toms Seize Over 700Kgs Of Drugs In First Six Months

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Over half a tonne of drugs have been seized by vig­i­lant New Zealand cus­toms staff in the last six months. From Jan­uary to June cus­toms made 1634 seizures of class A, B and C drugs. This in­cludes al­most 143 kilo­grams of metham­phetamine, and 575 kilo­grams of its pre­cur­sor ephedrine. Drug smug­glers proved ever-in­ven­tive with their hid­ing places stash­ing 35kgs of co­caine into a dia­mante-en­crusted horse, 200kgs of the P pre­cur­sor ephedrine into a ship­ment of pa­per and 20kgs of P was slipped into the lin­ing of two suit­cases. Cus­toms Min­is­ter Nicky Wag­ner said this could be an­other record year for drug seizures. “Whether it’s a suit­case of metham­phetamine or an en­ve­lope of ec­stasy, Cus­toms is pre­vent­ing the harm­ful ef­fects of these drugs on our com­mu­ni­ties. I com­mend Cus­toms of­fi­cers for their work ev­ery sin­gle day. “Drugs can be sourced cheaply in some coun­tries and the high prices in New Zealand make us an at­trac­tive mar­ket. Crim­i­nals at­tempt to smug­gle drugs into the coun­try us­ing any way they can think of.” Ms Wag­ner said the 2016 bud­get in­vested NZ$8.6mil­lion (FJ$12.69m) to in­crease pro­tec­tion and get more de­tec­tor dogs. “The fact that Cus­toms is mak­ing drugs seizures of all sizes, on a daily ba­sis, sug­gests the many sys­tems that are in place to pro­tect our border are work­ing well.”

At the end of July, cus­toms of­fi­cers found a NZ$20 mil­lion (FJ$29.51m) haul of meth hid­den in spat­u­las. Staff in­ter­cepted an air cargo ship­ment from Hong Kong of 80 boxes of 24-piece spat­ula sets. Each set came with a 250 grams metham­phetamine packet hid­den un­der the box, adding to ap­prox­i­mately 20 kilo­grams. NZ Her­ald

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