Over the weekend, two immigrants - a 27-year-old Chinese man and a 39-year-old Taiwanese national - were arrested by customs investigators and appeared in court for importation and possession of drugs categorized as class A controlled drugs. The two men were accused of attempt to smuggle two handguns and 110kg of "ice-like" methamphetamine into New Zealand. According to customs officers, the methamphetamine with the estimated street worth of $55 million and the guns was hidden in golf cart batteries. The accused pleaded innocent during their appearance in the Auckland District Court and were able to get interim name suppression from Judge Philippa Cunningham upon request. According to the court, the Chinese man who is an illegal immigrant in the country has a good grip of English while the Taiwanese man is in New Zealand on a business visa but has no working knowledge of English. Name suppression was granted to the Chinese man following a successful argument by his lawyer, Peter Winter, stating that his grandparents in China may find the news too hard to take.
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