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During the customs investigation, two plastic pallets were found to be partially disassembled, with compressed methamphetamine (photo) visible in hidden compartments

Few Australian men are arrested after smuggling of up to 100 kilograms of meth on storage pallets & # 39;

  • A few Australian men were arrested in New Zealand for importing meth
  • Customs grabbed 70 to 100 kg of methamphetamine in storage pallets
  • The men appeared in Auckland District Court, charged with importing the drug
  • Researchers found 142 black and green plastic pallets with drugs in it
  • They also found $ 50,000 in cash in one of the arrested men's homes
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A few Australian men were arrested in New Zealand after customs seized between 70 and 100 kg of methamphetamine on storage pallets.

The men, in their mid-twenties, appeared in the Auckland District Court on Friday, charged with importing and holding up to $ 50 million in illegal drugs.

The two men had flown to Auckland Airport in June with their arrival cards stating that they were visiting for a short time.

But customs investigators discovered that the men rented storage space and carried out several search orders on Thursday.

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During the customs investigation, two plastic pallets were found to be partially disassembled, with compressed methamphetamine (photo) visible in hidden compartments

During the customs investigation, two plastic pallets were found to be partially disassembled, with compressed methamphetamine (photo) visible in hidden compartments

Searching for the storage unit with 142 black and green plastic storage pallets (photo) and proof of medicine extraction from the pallets

Searching for the storage unit with 142 black and green plastic storage pallets (photo) and proof of medicine extraction from the pallets

Searching for the storage unit with 142 black and green plastic storage pallets (photo) and proof of medicine extraction from the pallets

Investigators and New Zealand police officers searched both the storage unit and where the men were staying.

They found 142 black and green plastic storage pallets in the storage unit and instructions for drugs in the pallets.

During the search, the police discovered that two of the plastic pallets had been dismantled and that compressed methamphetamine was hidden in the compartments.

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Researchers seized a total of 70 to 100 kg of meth, which would have had a street value of between $ 35 million and $ 50 million.

The police then searched the West Auckland home of one of the men, where they found about $ 50,000 in cash, hidden in a backpack and a dishwasher.

They then searched for a hotel room in the center of Auckland where the other man was staying and found the keys to the storage unit.

Manager Douce Investigations, Bruce Berry, said the seizure was the result of an analysis of intelligence information related to the functioning of drug syndicates.

The search for one of the arrested men in the house in West Auckland found an estimated $ 50,000 in cash, hidden in a dishwasher (photo) and in a backpack

The search for one of the arrested men in the house in West Auckland found an estimated $ 50,000 in cash, hidden in a dishwasher (photo) and in a backpack

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The search for one of the arrested men in the house in West Auckland found an estimated $ 50,000 in cash, hidden in a dishwasher (photo) and in a backpack

& # 39; It is not unusual for foreigners to enter the country just to facilitate drug transport, & # 39; said Berry.

& # 39; This seizure and arrests are an example of very good intelligence and investigative work and we recognize the help of the NZ police. & # 39;

Berry said that hiding the drugs in the storage pallets & # 39; quite advanced and not easy to identify & # 39; and that the authorities still confirmed the weight and purity of the drug.

& # 39; We already know that a significant amount of methamphetamine is involved and customs are very happy that it has stopped to reach the streets and harm our communities, & # 39; he said.

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