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New Zealand customs seize 469kg of meth hidden in electric motors shipping container

Christian Fernsby |
Almost 500kg of meth has been seized coming into New Zealand, in Customs' largest-ever seizure.


The drugs were hidden inside a shipment of electric motors that arrived at the Port of Auckland from Thailand in mid-August, a spokesperson for Customs said.

Two Canadians and a New Zealander are appearing on Friday in the Auckland District Court in relation to the bust.

They face charges for the importation and possession of a class-A controlled drug, charges which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The 469kg of meth has a street value of around $235 million.

The shipping container in which the drugs were hidden held 60 electric motors, with each motor concealing around 8kg of methamphetamine.