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Jail for suitcase of meth

AMY MAAS
Last updated 14:38 11/12/2013

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A Chinese woman who tried to smuggle more than $4 million worth of methamphetamine into New Zealand has been jailed.

Wai Yan Chan, 24, was sentenced to seven years in prison by Judge Anna Johns at the Manukau District Court this afternoon.

During her sentencing, the court heard that Chan was recruited in Hong Kong in July by two unknown males.

She was told to meet another unknown man who would organise a suitcase which she would take to overseas countries.

Chan then met up with another man and they were told to act as a couple when they went to visit a local travel agent.

The pair were given about NZ$6212 to book a nine-day scenic tour of New Zealand.

In August, Chan was told to book a room at the Langham Hotel and once she did that, was told to give the key to an unknown man and arrange a flight to New Zealand. She later found two suitcases in her room.

Chan and her "partner" arrived at Auckland International Airport, carrying the suitcases, about midday on August 10.

A routine search at Customs revealed five packets containing white powder concealed in the lining of each suitcase.

The powder was later found to be methamphetamine and each package weighed 2.1kg.

Chan told police she suspected she was importing drugs to New Zealand, but claimed not to know it was methamphetamine.

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