Passenger caught with $2.3m of meth in suitcase

  • 05/09/2017
2.3kg of meth was discovered in the false bottom of a suitcase at Auckland Airport.
2.3kg of meth was discovered in the false bottom of a suitcase at Auckland Airport. Photo credit: Supplied

A routine baggage search and a customs official who had his suspicions was enough to locate more than $2 million worth of methamphetamine being smuggled into New Zealand by a first-time visitor.

A 44-year-old foreign national, who arrived from Thailand, was arrested on Saturday at Auckland International Airport after 2.3kg worth of the drug was discovered in the false bottom of his suitcase.

Customs investigations manager Bruce Berry says the arrest is testament to work carried out by officers that includes profiling technology to identify high-risk passengers.

Mr Berry said it was decided a routine baggage search should be taken up a gear after the interaction between the customs officer and the passenger warranted it.

The x-rays led to the discovery of a white crystalline substance in the suitcase.

The passenger has been charged with importing and possession for supply of a class A drug, and faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

He has made an appearance in Manukau District Court.

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