Auckland, March 22, 2018
A Canadian passport holder, who arrived in New Zealand two months ago, appeared in the Manukau District Court today (March 22, 2018), following the seizure of 18 kgs of methamphetamine found hidden in a consignment of printer toner cartridges.
The 28-year-old man has been charged with the importation and possession for supply of a class A controlled drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
He has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to reappear in court on April 4, 2018.
Multimillion dollar stuff
On March 15, 2018, Customs officers examined a consignment declared as ‘toners’ sent via international mail from the USA, and located methamphetamine hidden inside a dozen printer cartridges. This amount has a potential street value of between $6.3 – $21.6 million.
Customs investigators arrested the man at a South-East Auckland residence yesterday evening, where further evidence of his involvement in the importation was found.
Customs Acting Investigations Manager Michael Blades said this operation highlights one tactic that criminal syndicates use to smuggle illicit drugs into the country, but Customs’ work at the border joins the dots that connect these ‘visitors’ to drug shipments.
Package for accommodation
“This is another example of a foreign national renting a room from unsuspecting people for a short period of time to receive illegal packages. While Customs actively profiles and targets the activities of criminal syndicates at the border, it is important communities in New Zealand are also aware of their methods, so people don’t become unwittingly involved,” he said.
Anyone can confidentially report anything suspicious on 0800-42878667.
A package containing Methamphetamine was found inside this printer cartridge