News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


NZ’s Largest Ever Seizure Of Ecstasy Tablets

A joint Police/Customs operation has resulted in New Zealand’s largest ever seizure of ecstasy tablets, after 36,000 tablets were discovered concealed in a packing case.

The operation commenced after the Police provided Customs with information about some suspicious importations of goods from South Africa following a Police investigation into an unconnected matter in November last year.

Subsequent investigations culminated in the identification of a shipment of camping equipment packed in a large wooden case, which arrived in New Zealand from South Africa on Sunday May 5.

Officers examined the shipment and located 36,000 Ecstasy tablets, concealed in a cavity in the floor of the wooden case.

Delivery of the shipment from the import freight depot in the normal manner was permitted, and surveillance of the case was maintained throughout. The operation was eventually terminated yesterday (Sunday May 12) after an attempt was made to access the case at business premises on Auckland’s North Shore.

Two men – a 35 year old Briton and an 46 year old South African - have been arrested and face charges relating to the importation of a class B controlled drug.

Enquiries into the importation are on going.

Ecstasy is the street name most commonly used for the class B controlled drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

At Bats: Locke - The World Theatrical Premiere

On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul... More>>

Other Elections: Kea Crowned Bird Of The Year

These large, green mountain parrots are known for their curiosity and intelligence. Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands, they are now classified as Nationally Endangered with just 3,000 - 7,000 birds remaining. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Another Time, Another Place - David Friesen Trio Live

"It has been said of David Friesen that he does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangle" - Patrick Hinley, Jazz Times. At Wellington's newest jazz venue, the cozy and intimate Pyramid Cub, the trio clicked together from the opening bars, presenting many of the tunes from their marvelous new recording. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>