Skincare and shampoo bottles sent from Hong Kong have been found to contain more than three kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $3 million.
Customs and police intercepted a package of nine skincare product bottles during a joint operation earlier this month and said the drugs had been cleverly concealed.
Another package containing 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in shampoo bottles was intercepted by Customs at the International Mail Centre.
In total the 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine had a street value of up to $3.3m.
Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Parmenter said an individual or group of individuals went to a lot of effort to try and smuggle the methamphetamine into New Zealand without being detected.
There were noticeable gains in continuing to combine resources and expertise to mitigate the risk of illegal drugs being imported, Maurice O’Brien of Customs said.
Earlier today a 39-year-old New Zealand citizen appeared in the Manukau District Court charged with a number of drug related offences including possession of a Class A controlled drug for supply. A 24-year-old Chinese national was also charged this morning with a range of offences including importing a Class A controlled drug.
A third defendant, who is a 22-year-old Chinese national, has also been charged with possession of a class A controlled drug for supply.