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Charges denied over massive drug haul

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016

A Hong Kong man arrested in New Zealand Customs' biggest-ever meth bust has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial next year.

Kai Yip Cheung, 20, did not seek bail at his appearance in Auckland District Court on Tuesday where he was remanded in custody.

Cheung is scheduled to reappear on March 1.

It's alleged Cheung helped smuggle 176kg of P, with a street value of $176 million, from China to New Zealand in shipping containers, disguised as packages of tea.

It was New Zealand Customs' largest-ever meth seizure and came after a 16-month investigation where they intercepted 10 shipping containers and discovered the tea packages hidden in the doors.

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