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

 

Brazilian drug trafficker sentenced to 6 years 3 months

A Brazilian woman who tried to smuggle almost one kilo of cocaine into New Zealand was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison yesterday afternoon.

Twenty-three year-old Pamela Nascimento was stopped and questioned by Customs following her arrival at Auckland Airport on 28 September 2018, having travelled from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Customs officers became suspicious after searching her bags and decided to undertake a personal search. After initially claiming she was not carrying any prohibited items, the woman admitted she had illegal drugs hidden in her clothing. She also later admitted to swallowing around 40 pellets containing illegal drugs.

In total, Nasciamento was found to be carrying 923 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of between $138,500 and $175,500. The potential economic and social harm to New Zealand, avoided by the detection and seizure of these illegal drugs, is estimated to be around $1.14 million.

Customs Investigations Manager Bruce Berry says this is an example of Customs using intelligence to target drug couriers, in order to protect New Zealand’s border and reduce the harm caused in our communities.

“Not only do illegal drugs cause immense harm in our communities, the practice of swallowing drugs is extremely dangerous for the couriers – the pellets could burst and the outcome can be fatal.

“Criminal syndicates using drug couriers are not interested in the health of the couriers, nor are they interested in the penalties the couriers face when caught trafficking drugs across borders.

The maximum penalty for importing cocaine and other class A drugs is life imprisonment.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women In Public Life

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts. If they are relatively young and conventionally attractive, such women will tend to be written off as lightweights – yet if they’re older and obviously competent, doubts will then tend to be raised about their “electability” and whether they are “warm” and “likeable” enough to connect with voters. Too conventionally feminine or not conventionally feminine enough? Too cold and too cerebral, or too warm and flighty to be seriously considered for high public office? For women in the public spotlight, the Goldilocks moments (when things are just right) are few and far between. More>>


 
 

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:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
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