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Drugs imported in vans

MDMA and methamphetamine valued at $69 million seized at Port of Auckland.
Posted on 12 February, 2024
Drugs hidden in panel cavities of a van shipped from Europe. Below, some of the haul seized by Customs. Photo / NZ Customs  

Customs has seized significant quantities of methamphetamine and MDMA ecstasy after searching imported vehicles.

Officers discovered 149.8kg of MDMA and 67kg of meth hidden in panels of vans which had recently arrived at the Port of Auckland from Europe.

“This is an extremely good result to have stopped these drugs entering New Zealand and causing harm in our communities,” says Dana McDonald, Customs’ group manager of border operations.

“The success we have had with these interceptions is the result of collaboration that has included the assistance of the Port of Auckland.”

National Drug Intelligence Bureau estimates reveal the 67kg of methamphetamine could have produced around 3.4 million doses of the drug at a total street value of up to almost $24 million. The seizure has also prevented an estimated $74m in drug harm.

It’s estimated the 149.8kg of MDMA seized could have produced more than 1.2m individual doses with a street value of up to almost $45m and that the seizure has prevented more than $2.3m in harm.

If you know of someone who is dealing in illicit drugs or suspect someone is, you can notify Customs anonymously via a report form online or by calling the 0800-937-768 confidential 24-hour hotline.