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Psychoactive drug bust biggest of its kind

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016
A 10kg pack of meth found in one of the suitcases. © NZ Customs A 10kg pack of meth found in one of the suitcases.

The synthetic drug bust by Canterbury Police that resulted in the arrests of five people has been measured as the largest of its kind in New Zealand history.

Around 173 kilograms of psychoactive substances were confiscated by police during the raids last week, with the seizures having an estimated street value of between $3.4 to $4.3 million.

In addition, more than $2.5 million in other assets including property, luxury cars and cash were taken by police when they raided 12 properties in Canterbury.

A 31-year-old man was charged with supplying psychoactive substances, possession for supply of psychoactive substances and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police have seized 200kg of ephedrine. © NZ Police Police have seized 200kg of ephedrine.

Three people, including two men and one women, aged between 25 and 27 also face drug charges.

A fifth person, a woman aged 29-years-old, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

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