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Largest ever meth seizure at a NZ airport

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/05/2016

A 10kg pack of meth found in one of the suitcases. © NZ Customs A 10kg pack of meth found in one of the suitcases.

Methamphetamine worth $20 million has been found hidden in two suitcases at Auckland Airport.

It's the largest ever methamphetamine seizure at a New Zealand airport.

Customs officers found 20kg of the drug concealed in the bottom of the suitcases of two Czech Republic nationals who have been arrested.

They will appear in Manukau District Court on Friday afternoon charged with importing a class A controlled drug. This carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The pair arrived on a flight from Bangkok on Thursday afternoon, and were identified and questioned by customs officers.

"Yesterday's seizure has prevented a significant amount of social harm to our communities, which is estimated at almost $25 million," says Jamie Bamford, the group manager of intelligence at New Zealand Customs Service.

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