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Honey smugglers sent packing

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/10/2014
Two honey smugglers have been deported. © Getty Images Two honey smugglers have been deported.

Two Ukrainian smugglers were told to buzz off back home after finding themselves in a sticky situation at Auckland Airport.

The man and woman were sent home on the first available flight after they were caught trying to sneak nearly 3kg of honey and 1kg of pollen into the country.

The couple, who'd been planning to work for a beekeeper in the lower North Island, failed to declare the food.

But when the goods were found during a Ministry of Primary Industries bag search the pair claimed the products were for personal use.

"The fact they were taking the products to a beekeeping area is just mind-boggling," MPI's Craig Hughes said.

"Untreated honey products are a major biosecurity risk. They have the potential to carry diseases that could devastate New Zealand's beekeeping industry."

The pair had declared they were beekeepers in their documents, which was one of the reasons inspectors carried out the search, Mr Hughes said.

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