Suppression granted to cocaine importation accused

Court House-Sept-2013-05A 29-year-old Mexican man has appeared in court on charges of importing and possession of cocaine, after a diamante encrusted horse’s head was found in a property in Auckland.

Duty solicitor Steve Hembrow asked for the man to have name suppression for one week so he could notify his family of his arrest.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish granted his request and remanded the man in custody to July 11 for a bail application.

He has been jointly charged with two other people after arrests were made in Auckland and Christchurch.

The sparkly horse head, sent from Mexico, raised suspicions with the Auckland Customs officers in May. It was full of 35 bricks of high-grade cocaine weighing 35 kilograms, worth $14m.

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