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Gang linked to $17m drug bust

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/10/2016

Jewellery, cash and $17 million worth of methamphetamine allegedly imported to New Zealand by the Bandidos Motorcycle Gang's Thailand chapter has been seized in a joint operation by police and Customs.

Three people have been charged with importing and supplying the drugs, and money laundering after the bust and Counties Manukau police say they can't rule out further arrests.

Seven-month joint police and customs investigation Operation Cossack recovered $150,000 of jewellery and $200,000 cash as well as 17kg of methamphetamine.

"Methamphetamine is a significant driver of crime in New Zealand. It ruins lives, destroys families and does enormous damage to our communities," Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander said.

The drugs were destined for the New Zealand market, he said.

Three men, aged 54, 31 and 28 are expected back in court later in October.

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