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Record drug haul for New Zealand

25 May 2006

Record drug haul for New Zealand

Working together, New Zealand Customs Service and New Zealand Police have seized shipments of crystal methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine with a combined potential street value of around $135 million.

Comptroller of Customs, Martyn Dunne, says, "This the largest drug seizure of these types of drugs ever made in New Zealand and I'm extremely proud of the work of our officers. This seizure is the result of exceptional and dedicated work by Customs and Police.

The investigating team seized approximately 95kg of crystal methamphetamine (known as 'ice' or 'P') and approximately 150kg of pseudoephedrine concealed in shipping containers originating from China. Four arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

"This has been a comprehensive and intensive investigation, involving large numbers of Customs and Police officers," says Mr Dunne.
Customs believes transnational organised crime groups are responsible for importing these drugs into New Zealand.

"This is good example of the lengths these transnational organised crime groups will go to smuggle drugs. By concealing their activities in the legitimate flow of international goods, they are bringing New Zealand's international reputation as a safe and trusted trader into disrepute. Customs is dedicated to protecting New Zealand's reputation and we need the support of the community to do that," explains Mr Dunne.

"Customs is constantly alert to changes in drug smuggling trends and we use our capabilities, intelligence and expertise to intercept illegal drugs crossing the border."

Customs and other enforcement agencies work together to protect the community by restricting the supply of illegal drugs. "Our partner agencies in health and education face an equally great challenge to reduce demand for illegal drugs," says Mr Dunne. "New Zealand Customs Service will do everything it can to assist our community and help the Government achieve its objectives for families."

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