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New arrest in record meth bust

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/06/2016

A fourth person has been arrested following the seizure of a record-breaking 494 kilograms of methamphetamine in Northland.

Officers arrested three people and found P worth $448 million in a campervan in the Far North after locals tipped police off about suspicious behaviour and boats being launched from 90 Mile Beach.

Later in the day, officers found another $48m worth of methamphetamine buried in sand dunes near an abandoned boat, lifting the total haul to nearly $500m.

On Wednesday, police said they had arrested a fourth man, aged 25, in Auckland in connection to the case.

He is set to appear in the Manukau District Court facing charges of importing a class A drugs and possession for supply.

The three other men, aged 19, 26 and 31 appeared in Kaitaia District Court on Tuesday and were given name suppression.

Police say the single seizure is a record and easily outstrips all the methamphetamine seized in 2015 - when 334kg was grabbed.

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