Alleged drug smuggler out of hospital

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 14:02 30/06/2014

Relevant offers

Crime

Arrest following head stomping assault in Queenstown Kiwi man jailed for 11 years in Borneo after being caught with methamphetamine Woman claims senior Northland police officer harassed and abused her for years Bashing suspected as police called to incident at shop in Wainuiomata Poppy nicked from commemorative street sign Man admits to attacking McDonald's drive-through worker with knife Head Hunters jailed for methamphetamine crimes following large-scale police op Man finally assigned a lawyer after two weeks in prison on remand Waikato software developer fraudster pleads guilty to theft, deception charges Woman faces sexual abuser: 'My innocence is something I will never get back'

An alleged drug mule arrested at Christchurch Airport is out of hospital and behind bars. 

The South African woman was discharged from Christchurch Hospital over the weekend after undergoing surgery to remove one of 99 heroin pellets she had swallowed or hidden in her luggage. 

Customs says the heroin weighed 1.2 kilograms and had a street value of about $1.2 million. 

The 32-year-old bar worker, who has interim name suppression, was stopped by Customs staff after arriving from Singapore showing signs of illness on June 15.

She required immediate medical treatment and spent 13 days in Christchurch Hospital while the pellets were expelled from her body. 

One pellet needed to be surgically removed because of the health risk.  

A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman said the woman was discharged on Saturday. 

She is in custody until she appears in the Christchurch District Court next month. 

The woman has been charged with possession of heroin for supply and importing a class A drug.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content