A drug dealer who came to New Zealand with the sole purpose of selling methamphetamine has been sentenced to nine years in prison today.
Officials say 31-year old Hong Kong man Wai Hung Mak was charged in relation to the seizure of 980 grams of P imported inside heat-sealed tea packets.
The drugs were seized at the International Mail Centre in December and contained 980 grams of P, with a street value of nearly $1 million.
Wai Hung Mak was caught in an operation two days later, only two weeks after arriving in the country.
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson called the seizure a record haul and said the sentence "sends a clear message that anyone coming to New Zealand solely for the purpose of bringing in drugs will not get away with it".
"It was clear this man came into New Zealand for the sole purpose of importing drugs," Williamson said.
"I applaud Customs for stopping him and keeping almost $1 million of this vile and damaging drug from reaching our communities. If people attempt to bring in methamphetamine or any other drugs, we will catch them and we will throw them in jail."
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