NZ Customs destroy 959kg of illicit drugs

The drugs filled 59 rubbish bags and 15 boxes, which were destroyed in a secure environment.
The drugs filled 59 rubbish bags and 15 boxes, which were destroyed in a secure environment. Photo credit: Getty

New Zealand Customs has destroyed 959 kilograms of illicit drugs and packaging to mark the United Nations (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The drugs filled 59 rubbish bags and 15 boxes, which were destroyed in a secure environment.

The 3522 items included methamphetamine as the bulk volume, as well as cocaine, MDMA, GBL and thousands of smaller items, including blotter tabs and cannabis products.

Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri says the UN event aims to raise global awareness of the problems illicit drugs can cause.

"I am incredibly proud that Customs has destroyed this massive quantity of illicit drugs and prevented hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of harm to our whānau, communities and regions," she explained.

"I encourage all New Zealanders to join Customs and this Government in taking a stand against illicit drugs in Aotearoa.

"Whether it is looking out for children growing up in drug abusive families or offering support to troubled youth - you can help make a difference."

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