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

 

Another drug courier sentenced for cocaine smuggling

10 May 2018

A Brazilian man who pleaded guilty for importing cocaine has been sentenced to seven years and eight months’ jail at the Manukau District Court.

Customs arrested and laid charges against 46-year-old Victor Da Cunha Bastos Filho, following a baggage check at Auckland Airport in August 2017.

Filho was on a transit stopover from Chile en-route to Cambodia when he came to the attention of Customs officers.

A search of his suitcase found seven wooden art ornaments that on closer examination, revealed concealed white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Filho told Customs officers he had purchased the wooden ornaments at a street market in Lima and had intended to give them to his wife as a gift on his return to Brazil.

In total, the ornaments hid 1.7 kilograms of cocaine, with a potential street value of up to $771,000.

Customs Manager Passenger Operations at Auckland Airport, Peter Lewis, says the sentence is a testament to the vigilant work by Customs officers, using all available information to improve profiling and identify high-risk passengers.

“This should send a strong message to those who think they can get away with smuggling into New Zealand. Because this man has decided to take the risk, he now faces a lengthy jail term a long way from home, and a criminal conviction with his ability to travel internationally severely affected in the future.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Published on Werewolf

 
 

WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>

ALSO:

Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>

ALSO:


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels