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eGates Open to Chinese Travellers

Friday, 17 November 2017, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

eGates Open to Chinese Travellers The first Chinese travellers to officially use the Customs eGates (formerly known as SmartGate) have been welcomed at Auckland International Airport. Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri and representatives from the Chinese government ... More >>

Brazilian drug courier to spend ‘holiday’ behind bars

Monday, 13 November 2017, 4:50 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs arrested a 38-year-old Brazilian man at Auckland Airport yesterday for trying to smuggle three kilograms cocaine, worth up to $1.3 million, in the lining of his suitcase. He appeared in the Manukau District Court this afternoon and remains in ... More >>

$20 million cocaine intercepted in Tauranga

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A five-month Customs and Police investigation has led to the arrest of four foreign nationals after an estimated 46 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of around NZ$20 million ($450 per gram), was seized from an address in Tauranga early this ... More >>

Fraudster jailed for evading $4 million of alcohol duty

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 36-year-old businessman was sentenced in the Auckland District Court today to three and a half years’ jail for evading $4 million of duty and GST on imports of Soju – a type of Korean alcohol. Jun Lee, the shadow director of an Auckland-based ... More >>

Czech ‘visitor’ sentenced for $20 million meth in suitcases

Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 42-year-old Czech national was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court today for trying to smuggle 20 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of up to $20 million through Auckland Airport last year. More >>

Hong Kong man sentenced for $20 million meth in spatula sets

Friday, 29 September 2017, 11:30 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A Hong Kong national who imported into New Zealand a pallet of spatula sets that contained methamphetamine or ‘P’ with an estimated street value of up to $20,000,000 was sentenced in the Auckland High Court this morning. Ho Hin Gabriel Wan, 24, was ... More >>

Japanese nationals jailed for ephedrine smuggling

Friday, 8 September 2017, 6:48 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Japanese nationals jailed for ephedrine smuggling Two Japanese men, who were part of a drug-smuggling ring importing large quantities of ephedrine hidden in wooden tables, aluminium shelves and plastic cylinders, were sentenced in the Manukau District ... More >>

Two Latvian Passengers Arrested for Cocaine in Suitcases

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Two Latvian nationals appeared in the Manukau District Court after Customs officers located eight kilograms of cocaine hidden in their suitcases. This is Customs’ third arrest at Auckland Airport in three days. More >>

First time visitor arrested for $2.3 million meth haul

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 44-year-old first time visitor to New Zealand will swap a hotel room for a jail cell after Customs officers found 2.3kg of methamphetamine hidden in a false bottom suitcase. The foreign national, who has appeared in the Manukau District Court, arrived ... More >>

Charges filed for breach of UN Sanctions Against DPRK

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) today filed charges against Pacific Aerospace Limited for three breaches of the United Nations Sanctions (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Regulations 2006, and one charge under section 203(1)(b) of the ... More >>

Drug ring sentenced to 54 years’ imprisonment

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:55 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Drug ring sentenced to 54 years’ imprisonment Five members of a drug ring have been sentenced in the Auckland High Court to a combined total of over 54 years’ imprisonment for importing multiple consignments of methamphetamine, GBL, MDMA and ... More >>

Customs wins at Public Sector Excellence Awards 2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The New Zealand Customs Service is delighted to be named as the winner of the Excellence in Regulatory Systems category of the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2017. More >>

Eight years’ jail for Brazilian $3.2 million cocaine courier

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Eight years’ jail for Brazilian $3.2 million cocaine courier A 29-year-old Brazilian woman was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court this afternoon, for attempting to smuggle 4.6 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage. ... More >>

Kiwi man gets 5 months’ jail for meth in pocket

Friday, 9 June 2017, 8:57 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 50-year-old New Zealand man was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment in the Wellington District Court today for bringing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine through the airport earlier this year. More >>

Customs arrests Canadian for $4.8m meth candles

Friday, 9 June 2017, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs investigators have arrested a 36-year-old Canadian man this afternoon for 4.8 kilograms of methamphetamine found hidden inside a consignment of candles. More >>

New detector dogs bolster NZ and Fiji border security

Friday, 2 June 2017, 11:23 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Nine detector dog teams bound for Wellington, Auckland and Fiji have graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College’s Dog Training Centre. More >>

Man jailed for 15 years for smuggling $176 million meth

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 20-year-old Hong Kong man was sentenced to 15 years and 5 months’ imprisonment in the Auckland District Court today for importing 176 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $176 million, which Customs seized from shipping containers ... More >>

Trio arrested at Christchurch airport for smuggling MDMA

Friday, 7 April 2017, 4:54 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs has arrested and charged three foreign nationals after locating 5 kilograms of MDMA, worth $2.1 million, hidden in the lining of their luggage. They appeared in the Christchurch District Court today. More >>

Couple in custody for multiple meth packages

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 4:50 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A young Vietnamese couple appeared in the Auckland District Court today, facing multiple charges after Customs connected them to methamphetamine packages sent from Canada. Both remain in custody and are due to reappear in court on 2 May. More >>

Brazilian passenger arrested for $3.2 million cocaine

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 11:51 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A Brazilian woman is spending her 29th birthday in New Zealand prison today, after Customs arrested her at Auckland Airport on Sunday for 4.6 kilograms cocaine smuggled in her luggage. She is due to appear in the Manukau District Court on Friday (7 April). More >>

 

 

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