Arrests over meth shipment from Mexico

November 15, 2017 | By More

Two men arrested for importing methamphetamine with a total potential street value of $50 million have been granted name suppression at the Christchurch District Court.

They were remanded in custody to appear by video-link from Christchurch Men’s Prison on Monday, when it is believed at least one of them will make a bail application.

A 31-year-old man is charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply and importing the class A drug.

A 25-year-old man faces the same two charges as well as wilful damage, and injuring with intent to injure.

They were arrested after the Operation Grandeur police and Customs investigation over the last two weeks.

The operation saw 49kg of methamphetamine seized in Christchurch.

Police said the drugs arrived in Christchurch in an airfreight consignment sent from Mexico on November 1.

Detailed examination located the methamphetamine concealed within the shipment of safety lights.

It consisted of 40 separate packages of around 1 to 1.2kg each, which has yet to be further forensically examined to determine the exact weight of the product.
This amount of the drug had a potential street value of $50 million.

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