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Pensioner jailed for child sexual abuse images

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 66-year-old Auckland man caught trading and possessing over 25,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse was sentenced to two years and five months’ imprisonment today. Geoffrey Paul Healy was convicted of 48 ‘sample’ charges of importing ... More >>

Canadian teenager jailed for importing P

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 12:31 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 19-year old Canadian woman has been jailed for nine years for importing almost $2 million worth of methamphetamine or ‘P’ labelled as “vitamins and supplements”. Kionie Downing was sentenced in the Auckland District Court for importing and possessing ... More >>

New detector dog capability planned for Fiji

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

New Zealand Customs and Police and Fijian authorities have started a programme to set up a detector dog unit in Fiji. More >>

Man jailed for child sexual abuse images

Friday, 13 February 2015, 3:57 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 54-year-old Wellington man, Peter John Wrigley, will spend six years and six months in jail for trading and possessing child sexual abuse images and indecent assault. He had over 124,000 images and videos on file, and had produced several images himself. ... More >>

Fakes fail at the border

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 5:42 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs made over 400 interceptions of counterfeit goods last year, totalling over 43,000 branded items. The most common fakes were branded sports clothes and caps, clothing, smartphones and accessories, footwear and toys from children’s films. More >>

NZ-HK Customs heads meet to strengthen ties

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A meeting between New Zealand Customs and Hong Kong Customs officials in Auckland today has strengthened the close partnership between the two agencies that continue to work together, especially to combat drug smuggling and organised crime. More >>

Visitor jailed for smuggling drugs smorgasbord

Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 4:42 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 39-year-old British man was today sentenced in the Manukau District Court to four years imprisonment after Customs caught him trying to smuggle a range of commercial quantities of controlled class A, B, and C drugs through Auckland Airport. More >>

Duty-Free Tobacco Reduces This Weekend

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says on Saturday 1 November, the duty-free limit for bringing tobacco into New Zealand will reduce from 200 to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products. More >>

Auckland man jailed for importing drugs

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Twenty-three year old Auckland man, Thomas Latu, was sentenced to four and a half years’ imprisonment today for his role in importing over 3.2 kilograms of Contac NT hidden inside tin foil parcels and security cameras. This amount of Contac NT ... More >>

New recruits to boost border protection

Monday, 29 September 2014, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season. More >>

New Customs dog graduates

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 3:42 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Graduates: Customs Officer, Daniel Evans and drug detector dog, Dirk. Comptroller of Customs Carolyn Tremain congratulated Customs’ newest detector dog team at a graduation ceremony at the Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham today. Customs ... More >>

Ten millionth traveller uses SmartGate

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The 10 millionth traveller to pass through SmartGate, Customs’ automated passenger processing system, was greeted by Customs Manager Passenger Operations, Peter Lewis today at Auckland International Airport. More >>

Auckland man convicted for bags of cash

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 59-year-old Auckland man was convicted, fined $800, and ordered to pay court costs in the Auckland District Court today for attempting to take Chinese Yuan (CNY) 700,000 (NZ$136,452) cash out of the country without declaring it. Customs also seized his ... More >>

Duty-free tobacco limits to drop soon

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 11:42 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says this week travellers will begin to see advertising in airports and in-flight magazines alerting them to the November reduction in duty-free tobacco limits. “From 1 November the duty-free limit for tobacco brought ... More >>

Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin. More >>

Hong Kong visitor jailed for ‘P’ stuffed statues

Monday, 28 July 2014, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 25-year-old Hong Kong visitor was today sentenced in the Auckland District Court to 10 years’ imprisonment after Customs linked her to methamphetamine or ‘P’ hidden in imported statues. Ka Po Ching will have to serve at least four years minimum ... More >>

Brazilian tourist behind bars for cocaine smuggling

Friday, 11 July 2014, 5:07 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 20-year-old Brazilian tourist will not see much of New Zealand, after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court today for trying to smuggle around $656,000 of cocaine into the country. He will be deported after serving jail ... More >>

Gap year student sentenced to home detention

Friday, 27 June 2014, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 19-year-old man was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court today to 12 months’ home detention and 200 hours community service for importing almost 2.5 kilograms of class C drugs. More >>

Auckland man sentenced for child sexual abuse images

Friday, 27 June 2014, 12:52 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 42-year-old Auckland man was sentenced to 10 months’ home detention and denied name suppression in the Auckland District Court yesterday, for sending and possessing electronic images and movies depicting child sexual abuse. He is appealing the suppression. More >>

Drug swallower arrested for importing $1.2 million of heroin

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A South African woman has been arrested and charged in relation to the importation of approximately 1.2 kilos of the class A drug heroin, with a street value of $1.2 million. The woman arrived in Christchurch on 15 June and was questioned by Customs ... More >>

 

 

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