$50m of meth seized in Christchurch
Police have seized $50 million of methamphetamine in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest ever haul of the drug.
The 49kg shipment was discovered in 40 packages hidden among a cargo of safety lights, police said.
Two Christchurch men, aged 25 and 31, appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday charged with importing a class A drug and possession of methamphetamine for supply.
They were granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody until Monday, when they will appear in court by video link.
Police said the drugs were brought in from Mexico via air freight on November 1 in packages weighing between 1kg and 1.2kg.
They had a potential street value of $50m. Police believed much of the drug was ‘‘destined to end up on the streets of Christchurch’’, but did not let the freight reach its destination, Parnell said.
The arrests were made following a two-week operation between Customs officials and police. Properties in Christchurch and Auckland had been searched.
Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said the seizure was a ‘‘significant result’’.
‘‘These drugs, should they have made it to the streets, would have caused significant harm to people and communities,’’ he said.
Customs manager Joe Cannon said: ‘‘This seizure was the result of risk-profiling and targeting work that Customs carries out for all goods, people and craft coming into New Zealand – whatever the region or method of import.’’