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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    Customs seize $1b of drugs at the border

    Customs seized nearly $1 billion worth of drugs at the border in 2017, methamphetamine and its precursor ephedrine making up the bulk.

    Customs had a busy 2017 intercepting drugs at our borders, seizing $1 billion worth, nearly a tonne, bound for our communities.

    Methamphetamine and its precursor ephedrine made up the bulk of the seizures, at nearly 897kg, while cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, LSD, Class C analogues, psychoactive substances, and over 238,000 "items" such as tabs and pills.

    "I congratulate Customs for stopping over a tonne of illicit drugs entering the country preventing potential harm to New Zealanders - this is fantastic work,'' says Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri.

    "When I started in my role as minister, I was clear to my officials about keeping methamphetamine off our streets - it's pleasing to know these seizures would have stopped many criminals in their tracks.

    "More importantly, these seizures have protected our families and the wider community from a considerable amount of potential harm."


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