Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


2.5 kilograms of cocaine discovered in suitcases

2.5 kilograms of cocaine discovered in suitcases

Detectives from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ), working together with Customs Officers and Police, have arrested and charged four people with serious drug importation and supply offences following the termination of Operation Grenoble.

Operation Grenoble began on Friday 7 March when approximately 2.5 kilograms of cocaine was discovered by Customs officers at Auckland International Airport. The drugs were concealed in two suitcases which were brought into the country by a 42 year-old Brazilian national who arrived on a flight from South America.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lloyd Schmid from OFCANZ Auckland said the cocaine seized during Operation Grenoble had a street value of up to $1 million .

“Over the last five days we have undertaken enquiries to establish the intended path of the cocaine and made a number of arrests,” Mr Schmid said. “In the process we have uncovered a supply route from Auckland to Christchurch.”

On Sunday 9 March a 31 year old Brazilian man was arrested in Auckland as he prepared to transport the drugs to the South Island.

On Monday 10 March the Canterbury District Armed Offenders squad stopped a vehicle in Gloucester Street, Christchurch and arrested a 35 year old Brazilian man who had taken possession of the suitcases. Later that evening another 36 year old Brazilian man was arrested at a Linwood address.

“Operation Grenoble is another great example of enforcement agencies sharing intelligence, resources and expertise to combat trans-national crime,” Mr Schmid said.

Customs Manager Investigations Maurice O’Brien said that Customs will continue to utilise all its resources to intercept illicit drugs and work in co-operation with OFCANZ and Police to address the threat posed by these drug importations and syndicates.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news