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Overseas agencies seize NZ-bound drugs

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/09/2016

Drugs with a harm cost of more than $200 million were intercepted by overseas enforcement agencies before they reached New Zealand during the last financial year, the government says.

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says they were mainly methamphetamine with a potential harm cost of $190m, followed by cocaine, the date rape drug GBL and angel dust, or PCP.

"Over $204m of potential social and economic harm to New Zealand was prevented from reaching New Zealand," she said on Tuesday.

"These seizures show international partnerships to disrupt and dismantle overseas syndicates involved in the exports are making a difference in tackling the flow of illicit drugs."

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