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Hong Kong P-smuggling accused named

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/11/2016

The identity of the Hong Kong man accused of being involved in New Zealand Custom's biggest ever methamphetamine bust can be revealed after a court appearance.

Kai Yip Cheung, 20, appeared via video link in Auckland District Court on Thursday where his name suppression lapsed. He was remanded in custody until next month.

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 Customs New Zealand's 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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