CUSTOMS in New Zealand has seized significant quantities of methamphetamine and MDMA ecstasy following searches of imported vehicles.
Customs officers discovered 149.8 kilograms of MDMA, and 67 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in panels of vans which had arrived at the Port of Auckland from Europe.
“This is an extremely good result to have stopped these drugs entering New Zealand and causing harm in our communities,” customs group manager of 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.”
National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB) estimates show the 67 kilograms of methamphetamine could have produced around 3.4 million doses of the drug at a total street value of up to almost $24 million and that the seizure has prevented an estimated $74 million in drug harm.
It’s estimated that the 149.8 kilograms MDMA seized could have produced more than 1.2 million individual doses with a total street value of up to almost $45 million and that the seizure has prevented more than $2.3 million in drug harm.