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Jury to decide cocaine accused's guilt

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/06/2017
The cocaine was hidden in a horse head. © NZ Police The cocaine was hidden in a horse head.

A jury is expected to retire to begin deciding the fate of two men accused of trafficking $14 million worth of cocaine inside a jewel-encrusted horse head statue.

Ronald Cook Senior, 56, and 44-year-old Augustin Suarez-Juarez of Mexico were arrested last July after Customs made its largest-ever interception of cocaine, finding 35 kilograms of the A-Class drug inside the glittering sculpture arriving by plane.

The pair have been on trial in Auckland charged with possessing and supplying cocaine.

Justice Sarah Katz is expected to sum up the case in the High Court at Auckland on Monday before a jury retires to deliberate on the case.

During the trial, Crown prosecutor David Stevens said the men made two trips to New Zealand in May and June 2016, first to move the cocaine and then to supply it.

Both accused said they did not know there was drugs inside the horse head statue.

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