New Zealand Customs have seized significant quantities of methamphetamine and MDMA ecstasy following searches of imported vehicles entering Auckland from Europe.
Nearly 150kg of MDMA and 67kg of methamphetamine were found hidden in panels of vans which had recently arrived at the Port of Auckland.
The 149.8kg of MDMA seized could have produced more than 1.2 million individual doses with a total street value of up to almost $45 million, according to National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB) estimates. Its seizure has prevented more than $2.3 million in drug harm.
Meanwhile, the methamphetamine could have produced an estimated 3.4 million doses of the drug at a total street value of up to almost $24 million, the NDIB said. The seizure prevented an estimated $74 million in drug harm.
“This is an extremely good result to have stopped these drugs entering New Zealand and causing harm in our communities,” Customs group manager border operations Dana McDonald said.
“The success we have had with these interceptions is the result of collaboration that has included the assistance of the Port of Auckland.”
Anyone who knows or suspects a person is dealing in illicit drugs can notify Customs anonymously through the Border Protect report form online, or call Customs on 0800 WE PROTECT (0800 937 768) a 24-hour confidential hotline. They can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.