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Trial over cocaine seizure due to start

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/05/2017

A 44-year-old Mexican man and a 56-year-old American man are due to stand trial over New Zealand's biggest cocaine seizure.

Augustini Suarez and Ronald Cook Senior were arrested last July after Customs found 35 kilograms of the drug inside a 400-kilogram diamante-encrusted horse head statue that arrived by plane from Mexico.

The trial starts in he Auckland High Court on Monday and it's expected to take four weeks.

Charges against a third man, Gonzalo Rivera-Pavon, 30, were dropped last week.

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