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Latvian man jailed for importing P

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/09/2016

A Latvian tourist has been jailed for six years after methamphetamine worth a street value of around $1.1 million was found in his luggage.

Arturs Stasevskis, 20, was sentenced in Manukau District Court on Wednesday for importing and possessing methamphetamine, or P.

Stasevskis was stopped by customs officers at Auckland Airport in March after arriving from Dubai.

Customs investigations manager Maurice O'Brien says 1.1kg of methamphetamine was found hidden in tie boxes and seven baby carriers.

An inquiry established that Stasevskis was given the boxes, baby carriers, baby clothing and shoes in Latvia.

He had agreed to smuggle the drug into New Zealand, where it would be collected and he would then be paid.

"This case is another classic example of an offender who got greedy and acted as a drug courier to get class A drugs into New Zealand," Mr O'Brien said.

"Criminal syndicates don't care about what happens to these drug couriers. These offenders pay the price for their greed."

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