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.
According to the manager of customs investigations, Bruce Berry, the latest seizure ranks among the top five methamphetamine seizures he has seen.
Bruce said the 110kg brings seizure of drugs on their way to the New Zealand market to above 343kg over a year. He claimed New Zealand is no stranger to the smuggling of such volume of drug and it is not peculiar to the country.
Gluts of cocaine and methamphetamine internationally are leading to an expansion of organized with traditional borders not what it used it to be as result globalization – drugs are smuggled into Canada from Central and Southern America than to Australasia.
Officers and the entire community face a changing risk given that organized crime groups can go to any length to carry out their plan as indicated by the loaded firearms found with the methamphetamine, but the customs are always on hand to stop such attempts, Mr. Bruce said.
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