New Zealand Customs Service - Latest News [Page 2]

Smuggling methamphetamine packages earns hefty sentence

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:29 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A Vietnamese man who pleaded guilty to smuggling multiple packages of methamphetamine sent from Canada, and possession for supply of a class A drug, has been jailed for 10 years with a minimum non-parole period of four years, at the Auckland District ... More >>

New Customs law good news for everyone

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 10:18 am | New Zealand Customs Service

The new Customs and Excise Act will enable Customs to adapt to a changing world and is good news for everyone in New Zealand, the Acting Comptroller of Customs, Christine Stevenson, said today. More >>

Canadian visitor arrested for 18kg meth in toner cartridges

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A Canadian passport holder, who arrived in New Zealand two months ago, has appeared in the Manukau District Court today, following the seizure of 18kg of methamphetamine found hidden in a consignment of printer toner cartridges. More >>

Airport arrest nets $1.9m worth of cocaine

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 30-year-old first time visitor to New Zealand will not be doing a lot of sight-seeing after Customs officers found 4.3kg of cocaine hidden in her two false bottom suitcases at Auckland Airport. More >>

Canadian jailed for smuggling $8m meth in footstool

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:59 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A 27-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced in the Manukau District Court to 15 years’ imprisonment for smuggling 8 kg of methamphetamine inside a concrete footstool. He will need to serve at least 6 years in jail before facing deportation. More >>

Tobacco seizures prompts Customs reminder on limits

Monday, 19 March 2018, 12:23 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Growth in abandoned and seized tobacco at international airports and sent from overseas has prompted Customs to remind travellers and friends or family to be aware of the limits, and help spread the word. “There has been a noticeable increase in the ... More >>

Brazilian jailed for carrying cocaine

Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:57 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A Brazilian man was sentenced in the Manukau District Court to 8 years and 6 months in prison today, for carrying 2.6kg of cocaine, worth up to $1.8 million, through Auckland Airport last year. More >>

Tonne of drugs kept off our streets

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs seized over 320kg methamphetamine, 577kg of its precursors, and 55kg of cocaine at our border in 2017, preventing at least $1 billion of potential harm to our communities. With 416 seizures of meth and its precursor ephedrine making up the bulk volume (897kg), ... More >>

Russians jailed for smuggling $2.1M ecstasy

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:56 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Two Russian nationals from Israel will each spend five years and nine months behind New Zealand bars for trying to smuggle $2.1 million worth of MDMA or ecstasy in a suitcase last year. More >>

Another cocaine smuggler fails to get past Customs

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A Brazilian man was sentenced to seven years and two months in prison today, for carrying 3.4kg of cocaine, worth up to $1.5 million, through Auckland Airport last year. More >>

Record season for Customs at International Airports

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 10:14 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs processed nearly three and a half million passengers through eGate facilities and counters at airports in a record summer operation. More >>

Crime doesn’t pay for cocaine courier

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A Brazilian man who agreed to carry cocaine for cash will spend the next eight years and seven months behind bars, following his sentencing in the Manukau District Court. More >>

Cocaine courier’s greed earns him jail time

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 6:27 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 47-year-old drug courier sentenced today in the Manukau District Court will spend 8 years and 3 months’ in jail for trying to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of cocaine through Auckland Airport last October. He will be deported after serving his sentence. More >>

Israeli trio sentenced for carrying $3.6m MDMA crystals

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Three Israeli men were sentenced in the Manukau District Court this afternoon for trying to smuggle large packs of MDMA in their false bottom suitcases at the start of the year. More >>

e-Gates Open to Four More Nationalities This Summer

Monday, 18 December 2017, 10:59 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Travellers from France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands now have the green light to use the Customs eGates (formerly known as SmartGate) from today. More >>

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 >>

   

 

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