A 28-year-old United Kingdom national living in Queentown has been charged with importing drugs with an estimated value of more than $14,000.
Detective Matt Jones, of Queenstown, said the man worked as a duty bar manager in the central business district and was indictably charged with alleged offending including importation of LSD, ecstasy and Class C drugs, and drug dealing.
He faces charges of importing LSD, three charges of importing ecstasy, attempting to import ecstasy, importing a Class C drug, offering to supply ecstasy and a representative charge of selling a Class C drug covering alleged offending between January 1 and July 3.
The arrest followed a three-month joint investigation by Queenstown police and New Zealand Customs targeting importation between January and June.
Police believe the drugs were destined for sale to the Queenstown market.
"During the course of the investigation Customs intercepted ecstasy pills destined for the Queenstown-based defendant.
"The approximate street value of the illicit drugs intercepted and obtained by the defendant will be in excess of $14,000.''
The man is expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court on July 16.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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